The End of the Affair

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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Critic Reviews

  1. Mr. Showbiz
    Reviewed by: Richard T. Jameson
    94
    Rereading Greene's book, one is struck anew by the absolute perfection of the film's casting.
  2. Portland Oregonian
    Reviewed by: Shawn Levy
    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. Miami Herald
    Reviewed by: Rene Rodriguez
    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. 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. TNT RoughCut
    Reviewed by: Christopher Brandon
    80
    Moore and Fiennes both give impassioned, sexy performances.
  11. San Francisco Examiner
    Reviewed by: Wesley Morris
    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.
  12. Chicago Tribune
    Reviewed by: Michael Wilmington
    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.
  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. 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. Philadelphia Inquirer
    Reviewed by: Carrie Rickey
    63
    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.
User Score
7.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 13 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. 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 »