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: December 3, 1999
DVD 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.

Robert Horton

The elegance of Roger Pratt's camera and the handsome costuming create a tension between the stately surface world and the raw passion of the characters.

Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

Handsomely mounted, literate, emotionally sophisticated, The End of the Affair has everything a period romance should have.

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Alan Dale

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

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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.

Jonathan Foreman
New York Post

The characters are so unsympathetic, the adulterous love affair at the heart of the story so joyless, and the three main performances so mannered that it's hard to feel anything but disappointment and boredom.

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.

Paul Tatara

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

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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly

Tasteful and seductive.

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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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Flixster Audience Score: 74% 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
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
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
John Ballantine
A very good rendition of a very good overlooked novel. Thank goodness they didn't ruin it.
jay nixon
Good period detail but dull
Fascade Fiveoneeight
This has GOT to be one of the most CRAZIEST arrangements I have ever seen in the "art" of having an extramarital affair. I have got to admit it.this… More