Metascore
65

Generally favorable reviews - based on 32 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 32
  2. Negative: 1 out of 32
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  1. Reviewed by: Richard T. Jameson
    94
    Rereading Greene's book, one is struck anew by the absolute perfection of the film's casting.
  2. 91
    A gripping account of grown-up sensuality, obsession, loss and hope.
  3. Reviewed by: Emanuel Levy
    90
    A faithful adaptation that captures the haunting spirit and religious nature of the 1951 novel.
  4. Has everything a period romance should have, including a score by Michael Nyman and passionate performances by stars Ralph Fiennes and Julianne Moore.
  5. 88
    Without a hint of sanctimony, it is a love story as much about soul as heart.
  6. Splendid acting helps Jordan achieve most of his goals, although some may find the romantic and religious elements an uneasy mixture.
  7. Reviewed by: Robert Horton
    80
    It's swell when a film really does capture a book in some exactitude.
  8. Reviewed by: Michael Sragow
    80
    I'd put The End of the Affair just beneath the top rung of Jordan movies or Greene-based films (it's no "The Fallen Idol" or "The Third Man"), with Moore the critical element that makes it necessary viewing.
  9. When it comes to holiday films worth swooning over, here's the one to see.
  10. Moore and Fiennes both give impassioned, sexy performances.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. The affair itself, in its genteel way, does catch fire, but it's the end of the affair that needs to move us to rapture, and the movie, instead, just drifts away.
  14. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    70
    A religious conspiracy disguised as a romance.
  15. 70
    Watching this well-behaved adaptation of one of Greene's most personal novels, you can't help but wish that the novelist had been around to write his own script.
  16. 70
    Rests on three excellent performances, of which the most difficult is Stephen Rea's.
  17. An engaging but essentially routine tragic romance.
  18. 63
    If the movie were not so downbeat and its literary pedigree so distinguished, the resolution would be soap opera.
  19. Many of the right elements -- the '40s look, the melodrama, the love that transcends reason.
  20. Rather prosy until its final third. Then it grabs you with unexpected force.
  21. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    63
    The immaculately crafted film that just sits there and refuses to come to life.
  22. Reviewed by: Staff (not credited)
    60
    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.
  23. 60
    About halfway through I began to imagine it as it might have been directed by Douglas Sirk as a vehicle for Jane Wyman and Rock Hudson.
  24. If you're looking to be romantically captivated, this movie just might do the job.
  25. Ultimately feels like a movie whose heart is in the right place, even though someone neglected to flip the 'On' switch.
  26. Its impression lingers in the mind, giving the film a longer half-life than it would otherwise deserve.
  27. 50
    Read like a long, anguished prayer, but on screen it looks an awful lot like blasphemy.
  28. It's hard to feel anything but disappointment and boredom by the time the picture grinds to a mystical ending.
  29. Fails to capture the spiritual hallelujah of the novel.
  30. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    50
    This is the kind of movie in which even the sex scenes are soulless.
  31. Satisfying in its setup and execution, and the Catholic guilt streaked through its dank, rainy atmosphere serves it well. Nonetheless, the story's subtleties in this version are often outweighed by melodrama, sometimes verging on sap.
  32. "I didn't write this." In heaven, Graham Greene is mumbling those same words over and over right now.
User Score
7.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 11 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Apr 15, 2012
    9
    really good romance movie (don't know how it compares to the book though). the acting (really great performance by Ian Hant as Mr. Parkis),really good romance movie (don't know how it compares to the book though). the acting (really great performance by Ian Hant as Mr. Parkis), writing, directing was really good, but the editing was really flawed (imo). and a movie like this would rely on good editing, it was something hard to establish what was the past and what was the present (but after a while you can figure it out). but overall a great movie, 9.7 Full Review »