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  • Summary: Based on the acclaimed novel by Ian McEwan, Enduring Love is a psychological suspense thriller about how fate shapes our relationships, how accidents can change our lives and how meaning is unraveled from sheer chaos. (Paramount Classics)
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  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. 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.
  3. If you don't compare it with the novel, it's one of the season's better films.
  4. 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.
  5. Reviewed by: Nick De Semlyen
    60
    Some great acting and visuals make up for this thriller’s frostiness.
  6. There's something flat and obscure about this well-acted stalker movie.
  7. Although this script starts off with great zest, it's ultimately a disappointment.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 9
  2. Negative: 2 out of 9
  1. 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.
  2. 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. 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. Expand
  3. elir.
    Dec 27, 2005
    5
    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. Expand
  4. MarkB.
    Nov 23, 2004
    1
    What was it that Roger Ebert once said about no good movie (except The Wizard of Oz, he later admitted) featuring a hot air balloon sequence? A bit of a generalization, to be sure: the original, non-Jackie Chan Around the World in 80 Days wasn't bad for what it was, but this unbelievably monotonous, pretentious, gussied-up stalker movie, in which director Roger Michell includes all the religio-philosophical twaddle (ana a thick slather of homoeroticism) that Adrian Lyne smartly left out of Fatal Attraction, begins with a hot air balloon accident...but as disastrously as everything turns out before and behind the camera, it might just as well have been a train wreck. Rhys Ifans (who was effectively repellent yet oddly endearing as Hugh Grant's flatmate in Michell's Notting Hill) plays a survivor/bystander of the tragedy who incessantly annoys another (Daniel Craig, whose response to this harassment is screaming the F-word so frequently that you'd think South Park's Terrance and Philip had a hand in his dialogue, only T&P would've used the word with imagination, variety and style). The results are offensive without ever being exciting or suspenseful; I'm no Michael Medved and absolutely never will be, but I'm getting really tired of filmmakers endlessly depicting Christians as psychotics. The normally talented Michell works as though he'd used up absolutely everything he ever knew about thriller filmmaking with the brilliant Changing Lanes, that terrific Samuel L. Jackson/Ben Affleck tale of escalating revenge in which he completely succeeded in blending action, characterization and message in ways that completely elude him here. In fact, his direction of Enduring Love's climactic confrontation sequence, and especially his final shot, would seemingly indicate that Michell has never even SEEN a suspense movie much less made one. There are only two possible reasons I can think of why anyone would want to seek out this junk: either to see what Samantha Morton (In America), playing Craig's significant other, looks like with her hair long, or to check out what a hot air balloon casualty looks like. Let me spare you the trouble: a.) Morton has a long career ahead of her, so you'll undoubtedly get plenty of other chances, and b.) like a busted accordion, only with intestines. Collapse

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