The End of the Affair


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. Newsweek
    Reviewed by: Staff (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.
  2. 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.
  3. If you're looking to be romantically captivated, this movie just might do the job.
  4. Ultimately feels like a movie whose heart is in the right place, even though someone neglected to flip the 'On' switch.
  5. Its impression lingers in the mind, giving the film a longer half-life than it would otherwise deserve.
  6. Baltimore Sun
    Reviewed by: Ann Hornaday
    Read like a long, anguished prayer, but on screen it looks an awful lot like blasphemy.
  7. New York Post
    Reviewed by: Jonathan Foreman
    It's hard to feel anything but disappointment and boredom by the time the picture grinds to a mystical ending.
  8. Fails to capture the spiritual hallelujah of the novel.
  9. USA Today
    Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    This is the kind of movie in which even the sex scenes are soulless.
  10. 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.
User Score

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
    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 »