Enduring Love

Metascore
61

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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Critic Reviews

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Wall Street Journal
    Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    60
    Thus does a book of literary distinction become not-so-grand-Guignol.
  4. 60
    A cerebral thriller that dares to ask a fundamental question: What, exactly, is love?
  5. 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.
  6. Reviewed by: Nick De Semlyen
    60
    Some great acting and visuals make up for this thriller’s frostiness.
  7. There's something flat and obscure about this well-acted stalker movie.
  8. 50
    The ideas behind Enduring Love may be fascinating, but they don’t play; they sulk.
  9. Reviewed by: Peter Debruge
    50
    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.
  10. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    50
    This slender, increasingly monotonous stalker plot feels ludicrously overintellectualized-full of hot air.
  11. The result is creepy and unpleasant.
  12. 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.
  13. This depressing look at love isn't quite worth enduring.
  14. Reviewed by: Ed Park
    40
    Craig keeps Joe Rose on a hair trigger, but Morton is wasted as Claire; Ifans simply looks stoned.
  15. 40
    If Enduring Love doesn't make sense as a thriller, it's equally nonsensical as the parable it wants to be.
User Score
8.8

Universal acclaim- based on 47 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 9
  2. Negative: 2 out of 9
  1. ChadS.
    Apr 29, 2006
    8
    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
    5
    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
    9
    This moving was surprisingly creepy and thought provoking. I thoroughly enjoyed the entire plot, and am truly enamored by the twisted turn of events.