The Sense Of An Ending
The Sense Of An Ending (2017)

Tony Webster (Broadbent) leads a reclusive and quiet existence until long buried secrets from his past force him to face the flawed recollections of his younger self, the truth about his first love (Rampling) and the devastating… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: March 10, 2017
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Critic Score: 70% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Anchored by a strong starring performance by Jim Broadbent, The Sense of an Ending proves consistently gripping even as it skims the narrative surface of its literary source material.

April Wolfe
L.A. Weekly

Broadbent and Walter are perfectly paired...

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Kate Taylor
Globe and Mail

Beyond Broadbent's rich portrait of Tony's wide-eyed surprise and bumbling reassessments, Batra has found various deft ways of making Barnes's points about time and memory ...

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John Lui
The Straits Times (Singapore)

For a narrative that deals with the idea of subjective interpretation, Batra's storytelling style is oddly flat and unpoetic.

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James Berardinelli
ReelViews

Watching The Sense of an Ending, I was struck by the realization that this should have been a good movie.

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Adam Graham
Detroit News

Broadbent, so often a supporting player, is a treat in the lead role, soft and mournful, but with a youthful gleam in his eye.

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Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review

For all the talent in front of the camera, it's a dull affair, lifeless, inert and almost exquisitely boring; its supposed revelations don't add up to much, dramatically or psychologically.

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Matthew Lickona
San Diego Reader

Director Ritesh Batra's adaptation of Julian Barnes's my-theme-is-memory novel serves as a grand showcase for star Jim Broadbent as a sour old soul who is ever so gently forced to reckon with his past.

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Bruce Demara
Toronto Star

Director Ritesh Batra adapts the Man Booker Prize-winning novel into a contemplative but compelling tale about regret, remorse and redemption.

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Alison Gillmor
Winnipeg Free Press

This well-acted drama has its moments. But as with so many highly pedigreed literary adaptations, these flashes of insight and poignant power just make The Sense of an Ending's ultimate failure even more frustrating.

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