Endless Love
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Based on a novel by Scott Spencer, Endless Love details the doomed romance between 17-year-old David (Martin Hewitt) and 15-year-old Jade (Brooke Shields). Banished from Jade's home by her daddy Hugh (Don Murray), David obsessively cooks up a scheme to get back into the family's good graces. Since this plan involves setting Jade's house on fire, one can easily predict that the puppy-love romance is in for a bumpy ride. Jailed for arson, David heads directly to Jade the moment that he's released, with tragic results. Posting respectable earnings thanks to the popularity of… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 25%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Is Brooke Shields truly obsession worthy? And can she carry, commercially, another movie about another kind of obsession? The answer is no."
‑ Richard Schickel, TIME Magazine
"The movie as a whole does not understand the particular strengths of the novel that inspired it, does not convince us it understands adolescent love, does not seem to know its characters very well, and is a narrative and logical mess."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Vaguely interesting for causing controversy at the time, this tacky tale of illicit teenage romance hasn't aged particularly well."
‑ John Ferguson, Radio Times
"A notorious disaster."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"In a word: yuck."
‑ , Film4
"A Cotton-candy rendition of Scott Spencer's powerful novel, Endless Love is a manipulative tale of a doomed romance which careens repeatedly between the credible and the ridiculous."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Anyone unfamiliar with the story of Scott Spencer's novel is bound to be mystified by Franco Zeffirelli's latest film, which reduces Endless Love to a whimperingly latter-day Romeo and Juliet with a little pyromania thrown in."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"A bad but commercially popular romantic melodrama, due to Brooke Shields' celeb status at the time and the the Oscar-nominated tune by Lionel Richie."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Love twaddle, perfect for teens."
‑ Brandon Judell, PopcornQ
"As excruciating as the Diana Ross/Lionel Richie title tune."
‑ , Time Out
"Trite Blue Lagoonish dialogue trivializes this film adaptation of Scott Spencer's first-rate 1979 novel of obsession but does not spoil it on the level of pop romance."
‑ , People Magazine
"A potentially interesting story of obsessive teenage love is sabotaged by some laughably absurd overplotting."
‑ Chuck O'Leary, FulvueDrive-in.com
"Endless Love explores romantic yearning in all of its intensity."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
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