The Edge of Love

 (380)6.21 h 50 min2009X-RayR
The life of poet Dylan Thomas is told through the stories of two free-spirited women who loved him in this fiery romantic drama set in wartime London.
John Maybury
Keira KnightleySienna MillerCillian Murphy
English [CC]
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Matthew Rhys
Rebekah GilbertsonSarah Radclyffe
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Shirley AnnReviewed in the United States on October 26, 2019
1.0 out of 5 stars
Awful movie..
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This movie is so bad, so very bad. So tasteless, without any depth to it at all. Don't know why I sat through the whole thing. But did through the dvd in the trash as soon as it was over. For trash is about all it was.
12 people found this helpful
amy bownReviewed in the United States on March 20, 2016
4.0 out of 5 stars
Stylish, stagey, stuffy, and stiff.
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From the moment I saw Keira Knightley impeccably coiffed and lipsticked, I knew we were in for yet another period piece where not a hair--or an emotion--falls out of place. This is a good escape movie when you want to look at pretty scenery and people. But the sum does not add up to its parts. The "menage a trois" is not much of a menage. The relationships are comprised of making arch comments while smoking cigarets and wearing hats. Neither the women's friendship nor the "triangle" are passionate or deep enough to earn any of the angst that follows. Matthew Rhys is a fine actor but he lacks the screen presence to go up against the mesmerizing Cillian Murphy. It was hard to believe that Keira's character would be torn between a drunken brute of middling charisma and this sweet, impossibly beautiful soldier. Perhaps the problem wasn't with the actors, but because the script never gave me a good reason to believe why Kiera's character was passionate about Thomas in the first place. These are all good actors--Sienna was especially good, and Rhys was a convincing Dylan Thomas. But ho hum---why do I care about these shallow, self-absorbed people and their privileged problems? The exception to this was Murphy's soldier. He is always a level above even the best actors, and he always manages to break your heart. (In "Inception," he had the least amount of screen time, but his scene is the one that made everyone cry.) He gives this movie what little heart it has, and for his performance alone, I give it four stars. It's enjoyable for what it is--a nice escape on a rainy afternoon into another time and place, where the people are pretty. But it's not as great as it could have been.
28 people found this helpful
TigerlillyReviewed in the United States on February 13, 2020
2.0 out of 5 stars
Beautiful women in a boring story
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It was beautifully lit and had some nice cinematography. It was well acted.
The story drags and is, overall, forgettable.

I learned two things from this movie:
Kiera Knightly and Sienna Miller are ridiculously beautiful and have impossibly flawless skin.
From this and other movies I've learned that famous writers are, for the most part, completely dysfunctional, self-centered human beings and just not very likable (see: Z The Beginning of Everything, Capote, Hemingway and Gelhorn).

I would never recommend this to anyone.
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Hande ZReviewed in the United States on November 21, 2019
4.0 out of 5 stars
A poet's life
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Based on the Welsh poet Dylan Thomas's life, and presented as a love triangle of sorts with a twisted angle, if pun be permitted, as Dylan's romances go awry. Sienna Miller gave a wonderful performance, and Cillian Murphy and Matthew Rhys were more than just a mirror. It was Kiera Knightley, however, who gave a stupendous performance. Tease, love, hurt, this goes on in all our lives; the same disgusting, human, dirt. Watch this if you please; it has everything, but in the end, peace.
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Meredith VaughanReviewed in the United States on September 23, 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
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Every actor and actress in this movie was very good. It was a bit odd to see 1 english woman being Welsh (Knightley), 1 english woman who seems to be pretending to be Irish (Miller), 1 welsh guy pretending putting on an english accent (Rhys) and 1 Irish guy pretending to be english (Murphy). I don't quite see why they wouldn't be able to get people of the right nationality for each role, but whatever.

The movie itself was very "english". When I looked it up later and saw that these were real people and the story was drawn from life I was quite surprised as it all seemed to be a bit too dramatic for real life. Honestly, I don't quite get what the appeal of Dylan Thomas was, Vera and Caitlin were a more convincing romance together. And the idea that someone beats out Cillian Murphy (periodwear looks fantastic on him) standing right there seems odd to me, but that may be a matter of personal taste.
sharonReviewed in the United States on January 5, 2020
2.0 out of 5 stars
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Knightley doing the exact same cutsie cheesecake mannerisms as other films. That's not acting, her character was nothing - if that was intentional, she did a great job. Boring mixed with the sadness of war time. Two thumbs down. No thanks. Much prefer her in Pirates or P & P. She was better in the Nutcracker film and the Dutchess.
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FloridayogiReviewed in the United States on March 26, 2020
3.0 out of 5 stars
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In wartime, a couple and a female friend must share an apartment. Based on the description, I was expecting a throuple situation. It is platonic. The man is a poet saying romantic words to the non-wife, but it takes an hour to figure out there is nothing there. This is just a movie about how hard life in London was during war. Had I went in knowing that, it would have been less boring. The ending is good. Nothing happens in the first half.
TiaramonkeybirdReviewed in the United States on March 8, 2020
2.0 out of 5 stars
Artsy, not art
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I couldn't watch more than 15 minutes. One might think it was some pretty bad acting, but I took it for bad directing, and a weak script. People don't talk like that. People don't look like that either. Many reviewers admired the hair and makeup, but I thought they all looked like touched-up still photos. Costumes were pretty good, from what I saw, except for that see thru peasant blouse. Life is too precious to spend hoping that a weak pretense at "art film" will get interesting or sincere.
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