The End of Violence
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Wim Wenders directed this allegorical drama about the emotional impact of violence in our culture, set against the backdrop of California's entertainment business. Mike Max (Bill Pullman) is a Hollywood producer who has earned a great deal of money and power in the film industry through his success with a series of brutally violent action pictures. While Max can juggle any number of tasks while working, he can't find time for his wife Paige (Andie MacDowell), and when she announces that she's divorcing him, he admits to himself (but not to her) that he deliberately put her through… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 27%

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"A longwinded exercise in pretentious confusion."
‑ Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
"This goes on for two hours and two minutes. When I staggered out of the theater, I asked if Clinton was still president."
‑ Jeff Millar, Houston Chronicle
"A disjointed mess where a lot goes on but nothing happens."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"Wenders' observations and subtextual commentary about violence in American society are well-served by the nuances of Nicholas Klein's script."
‑ Wade Major, Boxoffice Magazine
"Las respuestas quedan flotando en el espectador, esperando ser rescatadas y entendidas."
‑ Alex Ramirez, Cinenganos
"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."
‑ Andrew O'Hehir,
"Offers viewers opportunities to ponder a variety of diverse subjects, but its overall entertainment value is less than one might hope for."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"Boring, incoherent and insultingly didactic. It's like Wenders has never been to America, never observed Americans and never even seen an American movie."
‑ Dan Fienberg,
"A trama principal se perde em um emaranhado de cenas que, rigorosamente, nada acrescentam ao filme."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"The flippancy of Wenders and Nicholas Klein's script, and the lethargic performances of a star-studded cast, trivialize presumably good intentions."
‑ Richard Porton, Film Journal International
"Doesn't seem sure what it is about, or how it is about it."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"With The End of Violence Mr. Wenders has made a film as resonant as his most memorable work."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"astonishing but uneven"
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"A sophisticated and pensive film about a subject that fills contemporary movies and fuels our fantasies."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"It has its virtues -- Wenders is a skilled and thoughtful workman -- but hovers somewhere between a thriller and an art-house movie and won't fully satisfy fans of either."
‑ Walter V. Addiego, San Francisco Examiner
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