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The End of Love

  • Rated TVPG
  • HD and SD formats available

drama


A struggling actor is forced to grapple with his inability to grow up as he tries to raise his two-year-old son after the sudden death of his wife.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    56%
  • Audience Score
    47%

common sense

PAUSE for kids age 16
Positive messages
1 out of 5
Positive role models
2 out of 5
Sex
2 out of 5
Violence
2 out of 5
Consumerism
1 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
Language
4 out of 5

Single dad's struggles are poignant, somewhat mature.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that The End of Love is a fascinating, sometimes intense, but somewhat shiftless drama about a young actor's battle to cope with single parenthood; some of the scenes can be sad to watch. For example, when Mark talks to his son about death, it's straightforward yet disturbing; another time, his son, whom he adores, paces listlessly as Mark falls asleep on the couch, exhausted and overwhelmed; and when Mark auditions for a job with his son in tow, the dialogue is riddled with swear words and the other actors are visibly disturbed by the presence of his child. Expect some swearing, including "s--t" and "f--k." There's also some drug use (primarily weed) and drinking, as well as some making out and a scene with a gun.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about how The End of Love depicts Mark's life as a single dad and an actor needing to work and pay the bills. Does it seem authentic? Is he a sympathetic character? Why or why not?
  • Is Mark a good parent or a bad parent? What is the movie saying about parenting?
  • Talk to your kids about how Mark explains death to his toddler. Does it seem appropriate?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

  • Tomatometer®

    56%
    reviews counted: 11
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  • Audience

    47%

Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: Mr. Webber, a skilled actor, has not devised a narrative with sufficient momentum or tension to sustain much interest.

- Andy Webster, New York Times, Thursday, February 28, 2013

Fresh: Mark Webber's "The End of Love" connects and lingers by making incredible effort seem natural.

- Charlie Schmidlin, Chicago Sun-Times, Thursday, February 28, 2013

Fresh: Despite its flaws, however, the film is fueled by poignancy and an emotional rawness that's mostly understated and only rarely forced.

- David Rooney, Hollywood Reporter, Tuesday, January 24, 2012