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The End of the Tour

By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Brilliant, intuitive, mature look at a unique friendship.

Movie R 2015 106 minutes
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An expert at potent, intimate character dramas, director James Ponsoldt tops himself with this brilliant, intuitive examination of a unique working friendship. Working from an adapted screenplay by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Donald Margulies, THE END OF THE TOUR creates uncanny intimacy and subtle tension between two men, both writers but hardly equals.

Scenes of direct questioning can be revealing, but the downtimes -- i.e. talking about food or smoking -- are especially powerful. Other scenes deconstruct the interview process and the strange dynamic between an interviewer and his subject. Though Segel has the showier role, he and Eisenberg are evenly matched -- and exemplary (with a hilarious Joan Cusack in a small role). The movie's situation may not be familiar to many moviegoers, but these two actors explore complex connections, making the experience a profoundly human one. It's a great journalism movie -- and a great movie, period.

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