The End of the Affair
The End of the Affair (1999)

On a rainy London night in 1946, novelist Maurice Bendrix has a chance meeting with Henry Miles, husband of his ex-mistress Sarah, who abruptly ended their affair two years before. Bendrix's obsession with Sarah is rekindled; he… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: May 16, 2000
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Critic Score: 67% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Neil Jordan has good direction with solid performances from Ralph Fiennes and Julianne Moore.

J. Hoberman
Village Voice

For all its obvious psychoanalytic implications, [Jordan's] wacky romantic triangle lost me long before it crawled to its spiritualist conclusion.

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Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer

What a sad and melancholy piece of work. ... Fiennes basically reprises his English Patient role as the heroic destroyer of covenants and promises.

James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette

a demanding, thought-provoking film ...built around a theme many will find difficult to accept, that miracles can happen to perfectly ordinary, non-religious people.

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Paul Tatara
CNN.com

An effective love story that's intensely old-fashioned.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Writer/director Neil Jordan takes the right approach to the material. Instead of trying to spruce it up, he simply moves in closer.

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Steven D. Greydanus
Decent Films Guide

Can anyone fail to recognize this as a fundamental betrayal of the author’s creative vision?

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Alan Dale
Blogcritics.org

The whole thing is beyond purple and yet so careful and reverent you can't even enjoy it as camp.

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Brent Simon
Entertainment Today

Neil Jordan's film captures an unyielding sense, even almost to a fault, of romantic realism and its often underlying sadness.

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Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

Depicts the way a lapsed Catholic is surprised by grace and a defiant unbeliever is convinced to believe in God.

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Flixster Audience Score: 75% Flixster User Reviews
Chris Weber
Based on a novel by Graham Greene, this is a romantic drama set during World War II that is in many ways a standard love triangle involving a guy, his best… More
jay nixon
Good period detail but dull
Morgan Salem
Or as I like to call this movie; GROPE. lol I absolutely adore RALPH FIENNES. But i just didnt really find myself enjoying this movie that much.. Julianne… More
Luke Baldock
Terribly bland and brash. The film lacks elegant subtlety so just about every theme is repeated out loud and then again in Fiennes' narration which is… More
Anthony Lawrie
I wasn?t convinced I was going to like it as I wasn?t a great fan of the book but this is a brilliant adaptation from Neil Jordan, who really captures the… More
John Ballantine
A very good rendition of a very good overlooked novel. Thank goodness they didn't ruin it.