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Sense of an Ending, The (15)

Sense of an Ending, The (15)


A man becomes haunted by his past and is presented with a mysterious legacy that causes him to re-think his current situation in life.

The critical consensus

Broadbent carries the film, but he and Walter are actually a very good double act.

***(*)(*)Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 06/04/2017

A handsome and well-acted rumination on memory, boyhood and ageing that sees Ritesh Batra deliver a solid rather than inspired interpretation of Julian Barnes’ prize winner.

***(*)(*)Phil De Semlyen, Empire Online, 03/04/2017

Handsome enough but never more than politely probing.

***(*)(*)Emma Simmonds, The List, 10/04/2017

What begins as a nostalgic and humdrum family drama grows more and more compelling the darker it becomes.

***(*)(*)Geoffrey Macnab, The Independent, 12/04/2017

The film’s failings aren’t to do with questions of fidelity to the source material, however, but the lack of cinematic daring in its dramatisation of the story.

***(*)(*)Alistair Harkness, The Scotsman, 13/04/2017

Very well put together, and the cast clearly believe in the material.

David Jenkins, Little White Lies, 13/04/2017

The Sense Of An Ending feels very literary and slightly predictable but lingers warmly in the memory and grows with hindsight.

****(*)Allan Hunter, Daily Express, 14/04/2017

Jim Broadbent, Charlotte Rampling and Harriet Walter bring class to this restrained adaptation of Julian Barnes’s novel.

****(*)Wendy Ide, The Observer, 16/04/2017

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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