Enduring Love


Generally favorable reviews - based on 38 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 38
  2. Negative: 1 out of 38

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  1. What blows us away is the power of Ifans' moist puppy eyes and chilling smile as a true believer undeterred by reality.
  2. Reviewed by: David Ansen
    A meditation on love, faith and science in the guise of a thriller, the movie's a tad schematic, but thoroughly gripping.
  3. 80
    Enduring Love's plot inevitably drifts into “Fatal Attraction” territory, but its wholesale immersion in Craig's deteriorating condition render it a wrenching, uncompromising study of the human mind in freefall.
  4. 80
    British director, Roger Michell, strikes an assured balance between intense mood piece and Gothic chiller.
  5. It's the best kind of movie: so alive in its storytelling that only in retrospect do you realize that the ideas represent a metaphysical inquiry.
  6. If you don't compare it with the novel, it's one of the season's better films.
  7. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    A suspense thriller that intelligently explores the ideal of lasting love.
  8. 75
    Contains impeccable performances, especially by the frightening Ifans.
  9. A gripping, very intelligent British thriller. Slowly, inexorably, it ties you in knots.
  10. 75
    Technically outstanding and the performances are strong.
  11. 75
    Most movies remain at the top level of action: They are about what happens. A few consider the meaning of what happened, and even fewer deal with the fact that we have a choice, some of the time, about what happens and what we do about it.
  12. Haunting case study of a romantic obsession.
  13. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    Adaptation of Ian McEwan's 1997 novel takes a surprising number of liberties with the text, given the author's stature, but his name on the credits as associate producer would suggest his stamp of approval.
  14. Enduring Love is an intellectual investigation of love from three equally frustrating perspectives - the physical, the spiritual and that mixture of emotion, psychology and interpretation we call art - couched loosely in a cool stalker thriller.
  15. That climax stretches credibility, but the whole point of the piece is that the Joe of the opening has become someone else.
  16. 67
    This is a grim, often lifeless tale played with such humorless intensity that watching it is far more like an endurance contest than a love affair.
  17. Movie love is usually so idealized it ennobles behavior that ordinarily would be considered stalking. Enduring Love deliberately smudges the line between what is bizarre and what is simply human nature.
  18. Ultimately, the movie suffers from the same fate as its characters. That first explosive scene creates a state of shock, leaving everyone and everything to drift about in a numbing vacuum.
  19. 63
    A fatal lack of character development dooms Enduring Love as little more than a fleeting curiosity.
  20. Has more psychological complexity than the average suspense drama, and the results prove more satisfying than not.
  21. Daniel Craig, in his meatiest film role to date, delivers his usual incisive performance, even if this intimate drama of contemporary Londoners pushes the boundaries of credibility.
  22. Mr. Michell whips the camera around too much and cuts into his scenes too quickly, but he pumps juice into this thin story and, together with his performers, keeps a movie going that might otherwise crash-land.
  23. Wall Street Journal
    Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    Thus does a book of literary distinction become not-so-grand-Guignol.
  24. 60
    A cerebral thriller that dares to ask a fundamental question: What, exactly, is love?
  25. 60
    Director Roger Michell seems genuinely taken with the contrast between brotherly love and homosexual obsession, but these themes are overwhelmed by the suspense machinery.
  26. Reviewed by: Nick De Semlyen
    Some great acting and visuals make up for this thriller’s frostiness.
  27. There's something flat and obscure about this well-acted stalker movie.
  28. 50
    The ideas behind Enduring Love may be fascinating, but they don’t play; they sulk.
  29. Reviewed by: Peter Debruge
    One of those outrageous stalker thrillers in which so much trouble could have been avoided if the characters had only thought to call the police.
  30. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    This slender, increasingly monotonous stalker plot feels ludicrously overintellectualized-full of hot air.
  31. The result is creepy and unpleasant.
  32. Filmmaker Roger Michell doesn't so much adapt Ian McEwan's fine novel Enduring Love, a surgically precise anatomy of romance and obsession, as eviscerate it and wave its entrails before the audience.
  33. This depressing look at love isn't quite worth enduring.
  34. Reviewed by: Ed Park
    Craig keeps Joe Rose on a hair trigger, but Morton is wasted as Claire; Ifans simply looks stoned.
  35. 40
    If Enduring Love doesn't make sense as a thriller, it's equally nonsensical as the parable it wants to be.
  36. Although this script starts off with great zest, it's ultimately a disappointment.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 46 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 9
  2. Negative: 2 out of 9
  1. ChadS.
    Apr 29, 2006
    It's not Toshiro Mifune-and-Akira Kurosawa-good, but the director of "Notting Hill" seems to know Rhys Ifans better than anyone else. It's not Toshiro Mifune-and-Akira Kurosawa-good, but the director of "Notting Hill" seems to know Rhys Ifans better than anyone else. Even when Jed(Ifans) is in full stalker mode, his expressive eyes should neutralize the revulsion of even the most homophobic viewer. In real life, a straight man wouldn't want some hairy gay man serenading a "Pet Sounds" tune to him in a public arena, but in film, you can root for Joe(Daniel Craig) to relent, if only for the sake of a more interesting ending. Predictably, what you think happens, happens, but there is a sly indication that a "Cruising" moment could've been averted if Joe was more honest. Full Review »
  2. elir.
    Dec 27, 2005
    While it excels in capturing atmosphere, the passionate performances and courageous examination of subtletly is entirely undone by While it excels in capturing atmosphere, the passionate performances and courageous examination of subtletly is entirely undone by frustratingly illogical characters, half-baked plot development, and a tendency to stray towards cinematographic gimmickry. Full Review »
  3. CarolynW.
    Oct 19, 2005
    This moving was surprisingly creepy and thought provoking. I thoroughly enjoyed the entire plot, and am truly enamored by the twisted turn of events.