Columbia Pictures | Release Date: December 3, 1999 CRITIC SCORE DISTRIBUTION
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Generally favorable reviews based on 32 Critics
Positive:
21
Mixed:
10
Negative:
1
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Mr. ShowbizRichard T. Jameson
Rereading Greene's book, one is struck anew by the absolute perfection of the film's casting.
91
A gripping account of grown-up sensuality, obsession, loss and hope.
88
Without a hint of sanctimony, it is a love story as much about soul as heart.
80
Moore and Fiennes both give impassioned, sexy performances.
75
The End of the Affair's masterfully heartbroken final scene is scarier in its nightmarishly wry suggestion of ill fate than anything that ever happened on Elm Street.
75
Few recent movie romances have a more chilling and peculiar feel -- and a more sobering aftertaste -- than Neil Jordan's heart-rendingly cold adaptation of Affair.
63
Rather prosy until its final third. Then it grabs you with unexpected force.
60
NewsweekStaff (not credited)
A film of ideas; meaty ideas about Catholicism, faith, and the true nature of jealousy, love and hate, that are rarely contemplated in today's cinema.
50
Read like a long, anguished prayer, but on screen it looks an awful lot like blasphemy.
50
It's hard to feel anything but disappointment and boredom by the time the picture grinds to a mystical ending.
50
This is the kind of movie in which even the sex scenes are soulless.