Enduring Love

Critics Consensus

While it strains credibility and isn't ultimately as profound as it might first appear, Enduring Love is still an intriguing thriller fueled by strong performances from Rhys Ifans and Daniel Craig.



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On a beautiful cloudless day a young couple celebrate their reunion with a picnic. Joe has planned a postcard-perfect afternoon in the English countryside with his partner, Claire. But as Joe and Claire prepare to open a bottle of champagne, their idyll comes to an abrupt end. A hot air balloon drifts into the field, obviously in trouble. The pilot catches his leg in the anchor rope, while the only passenger, a boy, is too scared to jump down. Joe and three other men rush to secure the basket. Just as they secure the balloon, the wind rushes into the field, and at once the rescuers are airborne. Joe manages to drop to the ground, as do most of his companions, but one man is lifted skywards. As Joe, Claire and the other rescuers watch this strangely beautiful sight; they see the man fall to his death. Recalling the day's events at dinner with his friends Robin and Rachel, Joe reveals the impact the accident has had on his battered psyche. Ironically the balloon eventually lands safely, the boy unscathed. But fate has far more unpleasant things in store for Joe. Going to retrieve the body of the fallen man with fellow rescuer Jed Parry, for example, turns out to be a very bad move. Jed feels an instant connection with Joe--one that, as the weeks go by, becomes ever more intense.


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Critic Reviews for Enduring Love

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  • It's a genuinely intriguing thriller and a mystery with a most rewarding conclusion.

    Dec 17, 2004 | Rating: 5/5
  • A fatal lack of character development dooms Enduring Love as little more than a fleeting curiosity.

    Dec 10, 2004 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • It's heady stuff, though stretched too far for convenience.

    Nov 24, 2004 | Rating: C+

    Tom Long

    Detroit News
    Top Critic
  • 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.

    Nov 24, 2004 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • An intelligent and gripping dramatic thriller, Enduring Love is a real rarity: a film better than the book it's adapted from.

    Nov 23, 2004 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Nev Pierce

    Top Critic
  • It's not entirely satisfying, but it's too intriguing to dismiss.

    Nov 19, 2004 | Rating: B

Audience Reviews for Enduring Love

  • Oct 11, 2012
    Nice little character study about the darker side of love.
    Marcus W Super Reviewer
  • Dec 22, 2009
    The opening sequence of this drama was breathtaking in its simple depiction of a tragic accident. And as the film progresses, it goes on from a simple drama into an intense psychological torment for Daniel Craig's character. The climax felt a little flat, and so was the ending, a weak way to kick off a film that started on a good note. Daniel Craig and Rhys Ifans were the highlight of the film, but the build-up of their characters' grotesque relationship was not enough.
    Ivan D Super Reviewer
  • Jul 21, 2009
    The operative word is Enduring. I had a nice sleep during this one.
    Lesley N Super Reviewer
  • Jul 05, 2009
    If you ever thought Daniel Craig was just some hobo action star, watch this one and see him chew up the screen. There are some really flipping great shots in this film. The brief ending moment, it does suck, be forewarned, turn off this film right as the black screen begins. Otherwise, it didn't deter me from enjoying this film that much. It's a nice flick that has enough moments to take your breath out of your lungs momentarily.
    matt s Super Reviewer

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