Michell's achievement is all the greater in modulating the coiled reposes of his superb male leads.
Lisa Schwarzbaum - Entertainment Weekly
Rhys Ifans plays the part of the scorned lover with neurasthenic delicacy and a spidery creepiness in this serious movie about the petty cruelties of love.
Manohla Dargis - New York Times
It flutters around fitfully, still filled with air, then falls in a deflated heap in the corner.
Desson Thomson - Washington Post
It's the best kind of movie: so alive in its storytelling that only in retrospect do you realize that the ideas represent a metaphysical inquiry.
Stephen Hunter - Washington Post
It walks the line between romantic piety and utter tastelessness, opting to be a cheap potboiler only after it's run out of ways to seem profound.
Wesley Morris - Boston Globe
Razor-walking self-consciousness (or just plain braininess) is perhaps impossible to depict coherently on-screen, and the someone's-watching-me vibe is otherwise overfamiliar to moviegoers.
Ed Park - Village Voice
Movie love is usually so idealized it ennobles behavior that ordinarily would be considered stalking. Enduring Love deliberately smudges the line between what is bizarre and what is simply human nature.
Jami Bernard - New York Daily News
Does a fine job of slowly racheting up the psychological tension.
Eric Harrison - Houston Chronicle
Enduring Love is better in parts than as a whole. Ultimately, the film has too many jagged edges.
Philip Wuntch - Dallas Morning News
Tells us that the balloons to avoid are the ones that don't know whether to float or stick to the ground. The same goes for movies.
Anthony Lane - New Yorker
Most movies remain at the top level of action: They are about what happens. A few consider the meaning of what happened, and even fewer deal with the fact that we have a choice, some of the time, about what happens and what we do about it.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
Slowly, inexorably, it ties you in knots.
Michael Wilmington - Chicago Tribune
Filmmaker Roger Michell doesn't so much adapt Ian McEwan's fine novel Enduring Love, a surgically precise anatomy of romance and obsession, as eviscerate it and wave its entrails before the audience.
Carrie Rickey - Philadelphia Inquirer
This drama about love, catastrophe and obsession raises a lot of questions but leaves it to viewers to provide most of the answers.
Jeff Strickler - Minneapolis Star Tribune
It's heady stuff, though stretched too far for convenience.
Tom Long - Detroit News
Full of hot air.
Bill Muller - Arizona Republic
A riveting, revealing and powerful film about the surprising shades and evolving emotions of love.
Rex Reed - New York Observer
Story of an insidious stalker disrupting the lives of an intellectual London couple is handled in a bracing and distinctive manner.
Todd McCarthy - Variety
Enduring Love contains impeccable performances, especially by the frightening Ifans.
Lou Lumenick - New York Post
It's a genuinely intriguing thriller and a mystery with a most rewarding conclusion.
Roger Moore - Orlando Sentinel
With a power that resonates, Enduring Love captures that sense of lives blown apart by a sudden gust.
Geoff Pevere - Toronto Star
Well-meaning, yet listless.
Rick Groen - Globe and Mail
It's affirmative action for psychos.
Charles Taylor - Salon.com
This slender, increasingly monotonous stalker plot feels ludicrously overintellectualized -- full of hot air. To paraphrase Freud, sometimes a balloon is just a balloon.
David Edelstein - Slate
Craig, in his meatiest film role to date, delivers his usual incisive performance, even if this intimate drama of contemporary Londoners pushes the boundaries of credibility.
Luke Sader - Hollywood Reporter
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
We're conditioned as romantics to hear the first word as an adjective; but for most of the movie, it's strictly a harrowing verb.
Carina Chocano - Los Angeles Times
Urban Cinefile Critics - Urban Cinefile
If you don't have the range to play anything other than the same sort of comedic role as an over-the-top human oddity, maybe you shouldn't try to ply your trade as a dramatic actor.
Kam Williams - Sly Fox
Dean Essner - Time Out
Dean Essner - Empire Magazine
Dean Essner - Sydney Morning Herald
Daniel Craig gives a solid performance in the tradition of Hitchcock's wrong men.
Mark Pfeiffer - Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
A tale of obsession with less hot air than your average thriller.
Anton Bitel - Movie Gazette
'Enduring Love' -- at least until its final 20 minutes -- is considerably more intelligent and less sensationalistic than most thrillers of this type.
James Sanford - Kalamazoo Gazette
Dean Essner - Independent
Rob Blackwelder - SPLICEDWire
The notion that being stalked can lead to a spiritual rebirth is pretty goofy, but Enduring Love is skillful enough to make it seem like a reasonable proposition.
Paul Matwychuk - Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
An iconoclastic meditation on human devotion that might as easily be condemning its titular emotion as lauding it.
Steve Schneider - Orlando Weekly
A fatal lack of character development dooms Enduring Love as little more than a fleeting curiosity.
Connie Ogle - Miami Herald
Love is a delicate thing, and identity even more so. Enduring Love breathtakingly tears both asunder to find them anew...it is, in a word, exquisite.
Gabriel Shanks - Mixed Reviews
Wholly absorbing... subtly trapping us in the perspective of a beleaguered protagonist, who himself is trapped in an inchoate state of grief and fantasy.
Nick Davis - Nick's Flick Picks
Puts the psychological back into psychological thriller.
Duane Dudek - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Mark Halverson - Sacramento News & Review
The film balances two related themes with insight: the guilt in the aftermath of tragedy and the challenges of a relationship that moves from unwanted to ominous.
Jack Garner - Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
Worth the admission price if only for the stunning opening sequence but after that there's little to shout about.
Joe Utichi - FilmFocus
Carol Cling - Las Vegas Review-Journal
The lack of a really sympathetic or interesting main character makes the film version a bit of an endurance test.
Jeff Vice - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Though Ifans has the splashier role, Craig, last seen in Michell's previous film, 2003's equally provocative The Mother, is outstanding as a man whose philosophy cannot be reconciled with his feelings.
Terry Lawson - Detroit Free Press
Dean Essner - St. Louis Post-Dispatch
An actor's movie, and the three leads give shatteringly honest performances.
Sean Means - Salt Lake Tribune
the intensity floats away like an out-of-control hot-air balloon, which carries its passengers off into oblivion.
Phil Villarreal - Arizona Daily Star
Watch the first five minutes very carefully.
Victoria Alexander - FilmsInReview.com
A statement of at once how little the world cares and how much we want it to.
Walter Chaw - Film Freak Central
An intelligent and gripping dramatic thriller, Enduring Love is a real rarity: a film better than the book it's adapted from.
Nev Pierce - BBC
A story that educates but never elucidates.
Marjorie Baumgarten - Austin Chronicle
Daniel Craig's performance is extremely compelling.
Eric D. Snider - EricDSnider.com
It's not entirely satisfying, but it's too intriguing to dismiss.
Robert Denerstein - Denver Rocky Mountain News
This Brit import has several things going for it, including the best 10 opening minutes of any movie we've seen this year.
Robert W. Butler - Kansas City Star
Although (Rhys) Ifans is a convincing force on screen, this role (and much of the film, really) feels like an odd fit.
Larry Ratliff - San Antonio Express-News
A weirdly mesmerizing ode to obsession, guilt, madness, death and love.
Steve Rhodes - Internet Reviews
After this promising start, the movie itself suddenly downturns and plummets to its own death.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
Matt McAllister - Future Movies UK
Enduring Love is unsettling for both characters and audience, but offers three of the best character portrayals of the year.
Jean Lowerison - San Diego Metropolitan
It hurts to see a director so sure-footed with Jane Austen being so bookishly conceptual with twisted identity games, and letting music build into a '50s soaper storm.
David Elliott - San Diego Union-Tribune
Loses altitude steadily after the memorable prologue.
Gary Thompson - Philadelphia Daily News
This is a grim, often lifeless tale played with such humorless intensity that watching it is far more like an endurance contest than a love affair.
Shawn Levy - Oregonian
Dean Essner - Baltimore Sun
Samantha Morton's unfathomable face once more offers opportunity to want and imagine.
Cynthia Fuchs - PopMatters
The movie's ace in the hole is Rhys Ifans, whose scraggly looks and ability to play daft make him perfect as the delusional Jed.
Ruthe Stein - San Francisco Chronicle
Penhall's screenplay captures the emotional isolation that grips people touched by cataclysm.
Steve Murray - Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Compelling but uneven drama.
Moira MacDonald - Seattle Times
There's something flat and obscure about this well-acted stalker movie/
Paula Nechak - Seattle Post-Intelligencer
An intelligent albeit creepy adaptation of Ian McEwan's novel, film excels beautifully thanks to some solid performances and a heady script.**
Angela Baldassarre - Sympatico.ca
The movie does not pretend to have the answers, but it's hopeful and curious to ask them.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
Hitchcockian-inspired entertainment that haunts to the last frame.
Jeanne Aufmuth - Palo Alto Weekly
Dean Essner - Boston Phoenix
Stephen Schaefer - Boston Herald
Enduring Love not only explores the nature and meaning of love, but fate, faith, science and chaos and it does so in an engrossing, intelligent and, ultimately, frightening way.
Jane Stevenson - Jam! Movies
No film I can recall ever went from the highest highs to the lowest lows in the course of 90 minutes than Enduring Love.
Erik Childress - eFilmCritic.com
The role of Claire is so thinly conceived that it's hard to imagine what attracted one of the most consistently intriguing actresses working today to the part.
Brett Buckalew - FilmStew.com
One of those outrageous stalker thrillers in which so much trouble could have been avoided if the characters had only thought to call the police.
Peter Debruge - Premiere Magazine
A lot of rich characters and beautifully written.
Richard Roeper - Ebert & Roeper
Ifan's over the top performance is reminiscent of Glenn Close's knife wielding jilted lover in "Fatal Attraction."
Marcy Dermansky - About.com
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
The filmmakers actually improve on McEwan's novel, a rare achievement indeed.
Ken Fox - TV Guide's Movie Guide
The premise may sound ordinary on the surface, but it's far from a mundane thriller on the screen with its obsessions and paranoia and a very creepy stalker.
Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone - TheMovieChicks.com
Novelist Ian McEwan's elegant prose is replaced here with awkward pseudo-philosophical exchanges of the nature of love.
Kent Turner - Film-Forward.com
Director Roger Michell leaves it up to the audience to untangle the events, but by that time, the plot has taken a backseat to Craig's mesmerizing performance.
Dean Essner - E! Online
The movie's opening scene is, in and of itself, worth the price of a ticket.
Glenn Whipp - Los Angeles Daily News
Enduring Love begins with such a stunningly macabre opening scene, it's a drag that the sequence is mere set-up for a ho-hum stalker story.
Lisa Rose - Newark Star-Ledger
Enduring Love is marvelously acted and smoothly directed by Mr. Michell.
David Sterritt - Christian Science Monitor
Michell and company try to make you forget that Enduring Love begins, literally and figuratively, on such a high level before tumbling into the sordid Hitchcockian precincts of dangerous obsession.
Gene Seymour - Newsday
Expertly and with agonizing deliberateness, Michell ratchets up the tension among this appalling triangle.
Ella Taylor - L.A. Weekly
For all its sheen and suggestion of profundity, it winds up seeming a slasher movie with intellectual pretensions.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
a gay-themed Fatal Attraction in which homosexuality and deranged lunacy are treated as identical sides of the same coin.
Nick Schager - Filmcritic.com
Enduring Love tries desperately hard to pull you in, but Joe Penhall's screenplay has the characters behaving in no way related to real life.
David Noh - Film Journal International
A dramatic pic showing how an insane stalker turns about the life of a cynical professor.
Harvey S. Karten - Compuserve
A delicate story, intricately balancing its characters on a knife-edge of compassion and obsession
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall
A frustrating film that abandons the promise of intrigue for something ultimately quite ordinary.
Tim Cogshell - Boxoffice Magazine
Dean Essner - AV Club
Michell's screenplay retains the pretense of McEwan's theories on love, biology, and everything in between, but the transplant is trite and messy.
Ed Gonzalez - Slant Magazine
Sounds formulaic on paper, but turns out to be anything but. A couple of scenes really had an affect on me, and I'm a jerk with a heart made of stone.
Jon Popick - Planet Sick-Boy