Generally favorable reviews - based on 38 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 38
  2. Negative: 1 out of 38
  1. What blows us away is the power of Ifans' moist puppy eyes and chilling smile as a true believer undeterred by reality.
  2. 80
    British director, Roger Michell, strikes an assured balance between intense mood piece and Gothic chiller.
  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. 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.
  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. 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.
  7. A gripping, very intelligent British thriller. Slowly, inexorably, it ties you in knots.
  8. If you don't compare it with the novel, it's one of the season's better films.
  9. 75
    Contains impeccable performances, especially by the frightening Ifans.
  10. Haunting case study of a romantic obsession.
  11. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    A suspense thriller that intelligently explores the ideal of lasting love.
  12. 75
    Technically outstanding and the performances are strong.
  13. Reviewed by: Carina Chocano
    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.
  14. 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.
  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. 63
    A fatal lack of character development dooms Enduring Love as little more than a fleeting curiosity.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. Has more psychological complexity than the average suspense drama, and the results prove more satisfying than not.
  21. Reviewed by: Luke Sader
    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. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    A cerebral thriller that dares to ask a fundamental question: What, exactly, is love?
  23. Reviewed by: Nick De Semlyen
    Some great acting and visuals make up for this thriller’s frostiness.
  24. 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.
  25. Thus does a book of literary distinction become not-so-grand-Guignol.
  26. 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.
  27. There's something flat and obscure about this well-acted stalker movie.
  28. 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.
  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. This depressing look at love isn't quite worth enduring.
  31. Reviewed by: Melissa Levine
    The result is creepy and unpleasant.
  32. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    This slender, increasingly monotonous stalker plot feels ludicrously overintellectualized-full of hot air.
  33. 50
    The ideas behind Enduring Love may be fascinating, but they don’t play; they sulk.
  34. 40
    If Enduring Love doesn't make sense as a thriller, it's equally nonsensical as the parable it wants to be.
  35. Reviewed by: Ed Park
    Craig keeps Joe Rose on a hair trigger, but Morton is wasted as Claire; Ifans simply looks stoned.
  36. Although this script starts off with great zest, it's ultimately a disappointment.

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