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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 31
  2. Negative: 19 out of 31
  1. Reviewed by: Owen Gleiberman
    Feb 13, 2014
    75
    In the hands of director and co-writer Shana Feste (Country Strong), Endless Love has become a solidly engaging neo-'50s romantic melodrama.
  2. Reviewed by:  Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
    Feb 12, 2014
    58
    The film also contains fleeting moments of authenticity. Most of these come courtesy of Robert Patrick, who plays David’s father, and Greenwood. Together, these two veteran actors turn could-be-thankless “good dad/bad dad” roles into credible depictions of wounded masculinity. Unfortunately, the movie isn’t about them.
  3. Reviewed by: Kimber Myers
    Feb 13, 2014
    50
    It’s a movie-length cliché about the type of love that explains why drugstores are stocked with cheap, forgettable Valentine’s Day gifts bought by teenagers and the immature at heart.
  4. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    Feb 13, 2014
    38
    A movie just begging to go up in the flames of camp. If only somebody had brought a match.
  5. Reviewed by: Phil Brown
    Feb 13, 2014
    25
    A film like Endless Love comes about as close to reality as a Hobbit sequel, only without a single dragon to remind impressionable viewers that they might not want to take it literally.
  6. Reviewed by: Peter Hartlaub
    Feb 13, 2014
    25
    The update is a different kind of failure, too much endless and not enough love.
  7. 10
    It’s actually worse than the 1981 Franco Zeffirelli–Brooke Shields version — which is worse than being waterboarded but at least bears some resemblance to the book and its brilliantly addled ‘70s vibe.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 5
  2. Negative: 2 out of 5
  1. Feb 14, 2014
    7
    A remake of the soapy '80s classic of the same name, Endless Love is both dopey and overly serious in its execution making for an unintentionally funny and campy piece of fluffy entertainment. Expand
  2. Feb 18, 2014
    6
    Love lost and love found are some of the most rewarding narratives we have ever seen on the big screen. In David Elliot’s (Alex Pettyfer) case, love lost, as his therapist tells him, is “like a book you read long ago”, and those words could not be more true for Endless Love. Aside from being a remake of Brooke Sheilds’ 1981 film of the same name, the film is also an exercise to see how Shakespeare’s famous tragedy, written almost 420 years ago, could be modernized, interpreted and adapted for a Pinterest-driven, Instagram-obsessed generation of young people. But like the amaro, hudson and mayfair filters featured on the highly addictive mobile app, Endless Love is a sun kissed love story told through the lens of a writer/director that is beautiful to look at, and understands what it’s audience wants, especially during one of the most forcefully romantic times of the year.

    No movie released on or around Valentine’s Day should be judged on originality, because like the holiday itself, there is nothing original about roses, chocolates, and forced sentiment that is the driving force flooding people’s minds. Instead, writer/director Shana Feste delivers an entertaining, nicely shot film of first love with many of the essential ingredients to make it a success amongst young people.

    One minute, hopping along the roofs of cars, the other, kissing the girl of your dreams, Endless Love is a soft and safe story of two lovers who find themselves on opposite ends of the tracks of life. David, who has been in love with Jade Butterfield (Gabriella Wilde) since tenth grade, uses their high school graduation as a chance to finally connect with her. The wonderfully innocent and vibrantly blonde Jade, who has spent the last two years of high school mourning the death of her older brother Chris Butterfield (Patrick Johnson), decides to spend most of her free time submerged in literature and within the tall gates of her family’s large estate. Grieving from the loss of their child, Hugh and Anne Butterfield (Bruce Greenwood and Joely Richardson) are content with having their two remaining children sheltered at home. It isn’t until Jade’s graduation that the lives of the Butterfield’s are completely sent topsy-turvy by David, a smart and sophisticated young man whose main concerns are his father and his attainment of true love.

    The 1981 version of the film is a dark and often times melodramatic adaptation of Scott Spencer’s novel of the same name. David’s character and the past that haunts him in the two earlier adaptations are much darker and convoluted, often times resulting in mental institution. But in Feste’s interpretation, the real conflict in the film is the one between Jade’s overprotective father Hugh, and David. This conflict in the film is the driving force for so many of the characters and is one that shows the intentions of a young and impressionable boy, against the expectations of a worrisome and overbearing father.

    Hugh, a cardiologist, after having his prized son pass away, looks to keep his family tradition alive through his to-be doctor daughter, especially since his middle son Keith (Rhys Wakefield of The Purge), is intent at keeping his father at arms length; falling in love and studying on his own terms. Greenwood’s performance of Hugh is one that has many layers; on the one side, a protective father who keeps his daughter from making a decision that might jeopardized her life and future; and on the other side is a haughty, upper class elite who doesn’t see David as able to provide the kind of lifestyle his daughter deserves. Greenwood becomes the essence of the film, showing that true love doesn’t always reign supreme and providing the film with a conflicted character with realistic and somewhat expected mid-life crises.

    The truth remains, there is a big difference between true love and first love. David, who scores an impeccable SAT score and professes to finding happiness in simplicity, spends his days after high school helping his father Harry Elliot (Robert Patrick) around the auto shop he owns. Throughout Endless Love we are reminded just how smart and wise David is, yet the choices he makes, and a little bad luck, get the better of him. Showing very brief glimpses of anger that often finds his fist connecting with several people throughout the film, David gives merit to Hugh’s concerns for his daughter. But, like any good cranky dad set amidst any love story, love reigns over logic. Decisions are made during the course of heart-wrenching monologues, and tempers escalate quickly, but not before any Valentine’s Day film’s centre motto is expressed, and that’s letting the past go.
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  3. Feb 27, 2014
    5
    While the movie may not make it’s audience feel as if the ticket was worth the price, this sloppy (in plot) remake was most enjoyable when the creative team behind the music supervision department demonstrated their talented ability to make the bored viewer feel what the acting couldn’t. Yes, drama was obviously the goal, but who could turn down artists like Lord Huron, Ecosmith, In The Valley Below, and the killer Tegan and Sara? All of which paired flawlessly with the voiceless and beautiful montages of carefree, privileged and painfully attractive eighteen year olds prancing around the 1%'er south. Don’t let my sarcastic undertone defeat the purpose, the only thing to take away from this Valentine’s Day disaster is the shag-able Alex Pettyfer and some brilliantly placed music. Expand
  4. Mar 2, 2014
    1
    horrible, couldn't get through it. insincere and fo dramatic. smelled like a movie made trying to follow rules to success. alex ugly haircut. the girl i'd like to see more of thought she was the same girl from blue crush. both fathers i've seen do good jobs in acting but maybe they knew what a crap movie it was because they were horrible. god havent watched something that unartistic and unpowerful in awhile. def worst then twilight Expand
  5. Feb 18, 2014
    0
    As bad as it gets. I usually like romantic movies as a distraction to everyday reality but this movie had so many incoherences and it was so ridiculous that I couldn't even focus on the romantic story. The first hour is at least entertaining. It looks more like a videoclip or a clothing advertisement but it gets you in a romantic mood, wishing to find a fairytale love as the one the main characters share. However, in the middle of the movie, things get out of control when the writers try to make up barriers for the couple to be together in the form of an over controlling father in a story that could have had a little sense in the 50s, but never in the 21st century. The script seems to be written sometimes by a 12 year old with a lot of imagination and no sense of reality at all. Of course that is the target intended for the film so at least they may be happy. Expand

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