It's Only the End of the World (Juste la fin du monde) (2016) - Rotten Tomatoes

It's Only the End of the World (Juste la fin du monde)2016

It's Only the End of the World (Juste la fin du monde) (2016)

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Critic Consensus: It's Only the End of the World is stocked with talent and boasts a story steeped in conflict, but the end result proves a disappointing misfire from writer-director Xavier Dolan.

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After 12 years of absence, a writer goes back to his home town, planning on announcing his upcoming death to his family. As resentment soon rewrites the course of the afternoon, fits and feuds unfold, fueled by loneliness and doubt, while all attempts at empathy are sabotaged by people's incapacity to listen and love.

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Critic Reviews for It's Only the End of the World (Juste la fin du monde)

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A stellar cast of French actors is mainly left to run lines and hyperventilate in Xavier Dolan's turgid yet occasionally affecting melodrama.

July 3, 2017 | Full Review…

Seydoux, Cassel and Baye, though hampered by character arcs that feel a shade too familiar, are more than adequate.

February 24, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

The enfant-terrible director Xavier Dolan is at his most irritating in It's Only the End of the World.

February 23, 2017 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
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The actors, all tremendous, make the film sing. The capricious, emotive, ever-changeable close-ups - like Mount Rushmore in a son et lumière on a stormy night - make it dance.

February 23, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The experience of watching this film equates to being tied-up and ball-gagged in the middle of an unsupervised children's party at which all attendees have consumed dangerous quantities of bright, Tartrazine-based fluid.

February 23, 2017 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

This may be a filmed play but Dolan's graceful treatment of the material ensures that it rarely feels too stagy or claustrophobic.

February 22, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for It's Only the End of the World (Juste la fin du monde)

Dolan extracts some intense performances from his talented cast and makes an extremely exhausting drama that never feels like a filmed play but rather a depressing and claustrophobic experience (full of close-ups) that forces us to stay in the company of a horrible family.

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