The End Of The Tour

Critics Consensus

Brilliantly performed and smartly unconventional, The End of the Tour pays fitting tribute to a singular talent while offering profoundly poignant observations on the human condition.



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THE END OF THE TOUR tells the story of the five-day interview between Rolling Stone reporter (and novelist) David Lipsky (Jesse Eisenberg) and acclaimed novelist David Foster Wallace (Jason Segel), which took place right after the 1996 publication of Wallace's groundbreaking epic novel, Infinite Jest. As the days go on, a tenuous yet intense relationship seems to develop between journalist and subject. The two men bob and weave around each other, sharing laughs and also possibly revealing hidden frailties - but it's never clear how truthful they are being with each other. Ironically, the interview was never published, and five days of audio tapes were packed away in Lipsky's closet. The two men did not meet again. The film is based on Lipsky's critically acclaimed memoir about this unforgettable encounter, written following Wallace's 2008 suicide. Both Segel and Eisenberg reveal great depths of emotion in their performances and the film is directed with humor and tenderness by Sundance vet James Ponsoldt from Pulitzer- Prize winner Donald Margulies' insightful and heartbreaking screenplay.(C) A24

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  • Despite the depiction of rivalry and discomfort, its tone is not harsh; there's something restrained and carefully poignant about the film and the rueful reverence it displays for its central figure.

    Dec 9, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • The performances, the writing, the direction, Segel's D.F.W. impression, everything is just fine. But The End of the Tour is disgraceful. It feels like it's towing out the real Wallace's ghost to perform some soppy parody of himself.

    Aug 28, 2015 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…
  • It's a movie that makes thoughtful drama out of the essential insanity of celebrity journalism, wherein a star proclaims humility while a scribbler promises idolatry.

    Aug 27, 2015 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • What we have here is a road trip about two guys talking. And it's riveting.

    Aug 27, 2015 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

    Liz Braun

    Toronto Sun
    Top Critic
  • Despite a premise that seems anything but cinematic, "The End of the Tour" is an offbeat and fascinating film.

    Aug 20, 2015 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • The End of the Tour is so effective because it's far too smart to engage in ominous foreshadowing.

    Aug 14, 2015 | Rating: 4/4

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