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About the Movie
THE END OF THE TOUR tells the story of the five-day interview between Rolling Stone reporter and novelist David Lipsky (Jesse Eisenberg) and acclaimed novelist David Foster Wallace (Jason Segel), which took place right after the 1996 publication of Wallace’s groundbreaking epic novel, “Infinite Jest.” As the days go on, a tenuous yet intense relationship seems to develop between journalist and subject. The two men bob and weave around each other, sharing laughs and also possibly revealing hidden frailties – but it’s never clear how truthful they are being with each other. Ironically, the interview was never published, and five days of audiotapes were packed away in Lipsky’s closet. The two men did not meet again. The film is based on Lipsky’s critically acclaimed memoir “Although Of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself: A Road Trip with David Foster Wallace” about this unforgettable encounter, written following Wallace’s 2008 suicide. Both Segel and Eisenbeg reveal great depths of emotion in their performances and the film is directed with humor and tenderness by Sundance vet James Ponsoldt from Pulitizer Prize winner Donald Margulies’ insightful and heartbreaking screenplay.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 141
- Fresh: 129
- Rotten: 12
- Average Rating: 8.0/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: Made with love and skill, the movie deserves to be seen.
Fresh: More intellectually than emotionally compelling, but Segel's sincere performance as Wallace gives the movie a beating heart.
Fresh: The End of the Tour is so effective because it's far too smart to engage in ominous foreshadowing.
Fresh: Moving, morally engaged drama.
Although of Course You End Up
enjoying this film much more than the book it is based on. The editing that should have taken place in the book has been performed on screen and much more. There were hints of guy-roadtrip camp, intense yet human views of DFW while Eisenberg portrays Lipsky deeper and more conflicted than he himself probably figured he was. It has motivated me (as not exactly a DFW disciple) to pick up Jest once more and start the journey again with added insight and enjoyment. Highly recommend to the die hard, the curious novice and even the total uninitiated as it works even as a simple story about two men. The midwest hasn’t looked this interesting since Fargo.
An excellent writer’s movie
Intimate and extremely well done - a movie that all writers and would-be writers can appreciate.
Fantastic dialogue! The interplay between the two main characters is very interesting and thought provoking.
- Genre: Drama
- Released: 2015
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