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  • Summary: Two feisty, free-spirited women are connected by a brilliant, charismatic poet who loves them both. Desire and guilt are complicated by love and friendship in this real-life tale set in beautiful London and the majestic Welsh countryside. (Capitol Films)
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  2. Negative: 3 out of 13
  1. The film belongs to the women, with Knightley going from strength to strength (and showing she can sing!) and Miller again proving that she has everything it takes to be a major movie star.
  2. Reviewed by: Olly Richards
    60
    The cast is strong and the first act has an intriguingly dreamy quality, but it gives way to a soggy ending.
  3. Holds a lot of promise in its first hour and never completely falls apart, but it's ultimately not the movie it might have been.
  4. The best thing The Edge of Love could do for you is to send you back to Thomas's poetry. Dash this folderol.
  5. The Edge of Love may be intended as a biopic of Welsh poet Dylan Thomas, but it’s destined to be remembered as the movie that brought Keira Knightley and Sienna Miller into the same bathtub.
  6. Sometimes glossy, sometimes hard-edged, the film alternates between glitz and unpleasantness and ends as a kind of glum soap opera, too glam to be bleak and too bleak to be so glam.
  7. Reviewed by: Melissa Anderson
    30
    Director John Maybury showed a defter hand with the artist biopic in his 1998 Francis Bacon film, "Love Is the Devil." Here he repeatedly falls into the genre’s traps, creating an inert, claustrophobic movie.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 1 out of 3
  1. AndrewE
    Mar 29, 2009
    9
    A fantastic film. Very well acted, atmospheric with brilliant set pieces. The drama between these characters can be electric. One of my A fantastic film. Very well acted, atmospheric with brilliant set pieces. The drama between these characters can be electric. One of my favourite movies this year. Collapse
  2. JayH.
    Jul 10, 2009
    6
    Well produced, but they seemed to try too hard on the period detail. Too many slow stretches prevent it from being a great film. The film Well produced, but they seemed to try too hard on the period detail. Too many slow stretches prevent it from being a great film. The film lacks spunk, it's too bland. The performances are fine, good art direction. Expand
  3. Roz
    Apr 16, 2009
    3
    A period piece that has no idea what it wants to be, crippled by the presence of a preposterously unlikable core character. Sienna Miller and A period piece that has no idea what it wants to be, crippled by the presence of a preposterously unlikable core character. Sienna Miller and Cillian Murphy march off with the acting honors, though Miller can't corral her supposedly Irish accent and Murphy's William Killick spends eighty percent of the film off-screen. Keira Knightley is her usual brittle self, and Dylan Thomas, as portrayed by Matthew Rhys, is such a boozing, backstabbing sponge and a cad that you can't understand why either of his so-called "great loves" had anything to do with him. Next time, hire a script editor for Sharman Macdonald, and tell Ms. Macdonald she's to pick a theme and stick with it. Expand

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