The End of Violence
The End of Violence (1997)

The ways in which violence touches the interconnected lives of a diverse group of Angelenos provides the basis of Wim Wenders meditation on Los Angeles, an outwardly laid back place where brutality is subtly celebrated and even promoted.

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Rated: R
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Release Date: March 28, 2000
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Critic Score: 29% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail

A longwinded exercise in pretentious confusion.

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Jeff Millar
Houston Chronicle

This goes on for two hours and two minutes. When I staggered out of the theater, I asked if Clinton was still president.

Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

[Has] many potent moments.

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Andrew O'Hehir

A muddled, sentimental Euro-American hash, redeemed here and there from its fatal purposelessness by a few moments that remind us we're in the presence of a genuine cinematic visionary.

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James Berardinelli

Offers viewers opportunities to ponder a variety of diverse subjects, but its overall entertainment value is less than one might hope for.

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Michael Dequina

A disjointed mess where a lot goes on but nothing happens.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Doesn't seem sure what it is about, or how it is about it.

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Stephen Holden
New York Times

With The End of Violence Mr. Wenders has made a film as resonant as his most memorable work.

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Dan Fienberg

Boring, incoherent and insultingly didactic. It's like Wenders has never been to America, never observed Americans and never even seen an American movie.

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Flixster Audience Score: 44% Flixster User Reviews
Anthony Valletta
Adventures in paranoia.
Christopher Brown
Interesting Wenders film that really defied my expectations. A great character piece and drama.