The End of the Affair

User Score
7.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 13 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 13
  2. Negative: 1 out of 13

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  1. YoonMinC.
    Sep 29, 2003
    8
    A rapturous romance that overflows with doomed tragic passion. One may cynically denounce the movie as selling catholicism thru sex or vice versa, but it works. I was engaged with the emotions throughout, enticed by the cat-n-mouse game among the lovers, and deeply impressed by its revelation and climax, a kind of spiritual orgasm. I could have done less with watching Fiennes's bare A rapturous romance that overflows with doomed tragic passion. One may cynically denounce the movie as selling catholicism thru sex or vice versa, but it works. I was engaged with the emotions throughout, enticed by the cat-n-mouse game among the lovers, and deeply impressed by its revelation and climax, a kind of spiritual orgasm. I could have done less with watching Fiennes's bare buttocks or Julianne Moore's naked bod which is becoming a boring staple as were Greta Scacchi's boobs in the 80s. When guys get tired of watching certain females nude, it really means enough already. Baring one's boobs or crotch is NOT the same as baring one's soul(but then try telling that to Harvey Keitel of late). Directed with great finesse, a truly fine adaptation of literary classic. Expand
  2. 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), 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). butreally 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 Collapse
Metascore
65

Generally favorable reviews - based on 32 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 32
  2. Negative: 1 out of 32
  1. Reviewed by: Emanuel Levy
    90
    A faithful adaptation that captures the haunting spirit and religious nature of the 1951 novel.
  2. Ultimately feels like a movie whose heart is in the right place, even though someone neglected to flip the 'On' switch.
  3. 63
    If the movie were not so downbeat and its literary pedigree so distinguished, the resolution would be soap opera.