Metascore
30

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 31 Critics

Critic 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: Randy Cordova
    Feb 12, 2014
    70
    If you had to update the film for the Instagram generation, you could do a lot worse than what director Shana Feste (“Country Strong”) has come up with. She has crafted a stylish, evocative journey into overheated-teenager territory. For a good chunk of the time, it works.
  3. Reviewed by: Anna Smith
    Feb 11, 2014
    60
    A flowerier adaptation of the Scott Spencer romance than Zeffirelli's '80s version, it's tailor-made for the Nicholas Sparks crowd.
  4. 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.
  5. Reviewed by: Christy Lemire
    Feb 14, 2014
    50
    It's awfully tasteful and emotionally detached in its blissed-out depiction of beautiful young people cavorting in the sunlight.
  6. Reviewed by: Bruce Ingram
    Feb 13, 2014
    50
    Love may or may not be endless, but there’s no limit to what can be contrived in a movie like this.
  7. 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.
  8. Reviewed by: R. Kurt Osenlund
    Feb 12, 2014
    50
    Shana Feste's film seems blissfully unaware that great fights require truly substantial conflicts.
  9. 50
    Greenwood and Richardson make a fine, discordant couple and the young leads have a certain chemistry. If only Feste had realized she’d stripped almost all the conflict out of the story.
  10. Reviewed by: Betsy Sharkey
    Feb 13, 2014
    40
    Every time things between blue-collar David (Pettyfer) and pretty, privileged Jade (Wilde) get sticky — either kissy/gooey or teary/hurt-y — and the film could go deep, "Endless" morphs into music video territory.
  11. Reviewed by: Laremy Legel
    Feb 13, 2014
    40
    That it’s not totally dialed in throughout makes it a victim of the same thing most bad movies fall prey to: having the spark of a great idea rested awkwardly on top of a spinning mess of execution.
  12. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    Feb 13, 2014
    40
    A highly homogenized and sanitized remake that's little better than its 1981 predecessor.
  13. Reviewed by: Peter Travers
    Feb 14, 2014
    38
    This Endless Love is a photo shoot, not a movie. It'd play better as a slideshow of jpgs. Even nine-year-old girls ought to cry foul on this movie's endless blandness.
  14. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    Feb 13, 2014
    38
    What is most troubling is how this film can serve to shape perceptions for impressionable kids. Young girls and boys will think that non-stop make-out sessions is all it takes to sustain "endless love."
  15. Reviewed by: Peter Keough
    Feb 13, 2014
    38
    Though Zefferelli’s version was trashy and downright nuts, at least it made you feel the love. This pallid replay just seems endless.
  16. 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.
  17. Reviewed by: Ronnie Scheib
    Feb 13, 2014
    30
    In “The Greatest” (2009) and “Country Strong” (2010), Feste proved herself quite skilled, if not especially innovative, at limning her characters’ emotional travails. But subtlety, complexity and even the slightest modicum of realism elude her here.
  18. Reviewed by: Keith Phipps
    Feb 13, 2014
    30
    Pettyfer and Wilde look the parts, but any scenes asking them to emote quickly turn disastrous.
  19. 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.
  20. Reviewed by: Stephanie Merry
    Feb 13, 2014
    25
    The movie feels like Nicholas Sparks fan fiction.
  21. Reviewed by: Stephen Whitty
    Feb 13, 2014
    25
    This is supposed to be a movie about obsession. Instead it's just cupcake meets beefcake, with a big glass of milk on the side. And that's one Valentine's Day dinner you can easily pass up.
  22. Reviewed by: Peter Hartlaub
    Feb 13, 2014
    25
    The update is a different kind of failure, too much endless and not enough love.
  23. Reviewed by: Joe Williams
    Feb 13, 2014
    25
    This stinker is only good for endless laughs.
  24. Reviewed by: Lou Lumenick
    Feb 13, 2014
    25
    Endlessly lame.
  25. Reviewed by: Mike Scott
    Feb 14, 2014
    20
    This is supposed to be a movie about obsession. Instead it's just cupcake meets beefcake, with a big glass of milk on the side. And that's one Valentine's Day dinner you can easily pass up.
  26. Reviewed by: Manohla Dargis
    Feb 13, 2014
    20
    Directed by Shana Feste (“Country Strong”), this new Endless Love doesn’t have enough going on to make it memorably terrible: Banality is its gravest sin.
  27. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    Feb 13, 2014
    20
    If you’re looking for a Valentine’s Day date, this version is probably a better choice than the uncomfortably swoony original would have been. You might be bored, but at least you won’t be embarrassed.
  28. Reviewed by: Heather Baysa
    Feb 13, 2014
    20
    This film is a sunny, overlong pastiche of tropes, the kind that suggest love involves nothing more than holding hands and jumping off a dock into a lake, or having slow, teary-eyed sex in front of a fireplace, inexplicably blazing in mid-June.
  29. Reviewed by: Louis Black
    Feb 12, 2014
    20
    Not to harp on petty details, but this film is so colossally tone-deaf and off-key in every way that its collection of jarring missteps almost carries it into the arms of perverse comedy.
  30. Reviewed by: Trevor Johnston
    Feb 11, 2014
    20
    Pettyfer and Wilde (both Brits) look the part in a soft-drinks-commercial way, but their characters might as well be called Ken and Barbie for all the depth they bring to this wish-fulfilment fantasy of social mobility.
  31. 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.
User Score
3.7

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 31 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 9
  2. Negative: 4 out of 9
  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. Full Review »
  2. Aug 2, 2014
    1
    Wow. Just... wow. And not in a good way. Every cliché ever created crammed into an ENDLESS cheesefest that's also an extremely immoral movie. Case in point; The two leads have sex within three days of meeting each other and it's portrayed as the right thing for them to do. Did I mention that they're supposed to be 17? Yeah. The movie is supportive of teenagers being "young and dumb" and throwing every moral and scrap of logical thinking out the window. They have sex at least 3 times within their first week of dating and they do it every chance they get. I was thinking, "What is this, Basic Instinct?" Sadly, there are no ice pick murderers here, just corny dialogue and the most unoriginal story ever. Endless definitely fits this movie. It goes on forever. Full Review »
  3. Jul 22, 2014
    8
    The newer version of the '81 movie, which both of them were the adaptation of a book of the same name. This type of story is a kind of outdated, but this movie was updated according to the present time. So there's no doubt on convincing the teenagers and do like it. It was a mini version of the movie 'The Notebook', but everything happens in a very much soon, like in one summer and expands a bit in the last quarter. This movie got all the substance that teen romance theme should have like strong bond, emotions, resistance and a tragic.

    I don't know still how many Hollywood is going to make a teen love story about a rich or popular boy and a poor or nerd girl, sometimes vice versa comes together. Recently I saw 'The Spectacular Now' which was not too far from it, but anyway cast and the story varied distinctly. This was the story of David, on his high school graduation day he reveals his crush on a rich geek girl that he waited for this day. The opposite had attracted each other and she finds the same feeling about him in her. Now they got one whole summer in front of them before moving on a different path to higher education or taking a job. Like the father from 'Father of the Bride', the overprotective father oppose the idea. But it only makes the stronger the young relationship. Somehow it has to end when summer is over, so what happens after that is the remaining.

    ‘‘I found what you said inspiring.
    And inspiration has been in short supply these days.’’

    The pair was good together, you can call it a fine chemistry. With the decent performances, music and cinematography, it looked a perfect movie to watch with your female (male) companion at the weekends. It was not, wow! sayable kind of movie, if you forget yourself, you will get into the movie's deep. Other than that probably you may not like it if you have already seen the '81 movie. I believe everyone had not seen that, so this movie is for those people.

    Gabriella Wilde was so beautiful like I saw her first time in 'The Three Musketers' with that classical European royal house costume. Perhaps a better movie for Alex Pettyfer so far in his career as a lead actor. Except these two, the father character played by Bruce Greenwood was great. Definitely not it is his greatest execution, but one of his for sure that helped the movie to shape well. Overall, the movie might not be close to the earlier version or the book, but certainly not a bad one. Since I have not watched the old and not read the book, I give a go for it for those who are looking romance movies.

    7.5/10
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