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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: 145
- Fresh: 133
- 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.
A fine movie, fine acting, but the trailer is misleading; it lets on that the two were fast friends but in the film they have a much more complicated relationship. Not as "feel good" as the trailer suggests and certainly doesn't depict Wallace as insightful as you would expect.
Intimate and Thought-Provoking
A wonderful film showcasing the relationship between two writers with opposing agendas. Rather than being an autobiography on David Foster Wallace, we find ourselves following David Lipsky interviewing the acclaimed author. It is within this journey we find the intimacy this story demands. If you’re at all interested in meeting just a glimpse of David Wallace, I highly recommend "The End of the Tour”.
The way that James Ponsoldt told this story was amazing! He used a very unique way of telling a story that most others wouldn’t have thought to do. The film is visually and emotionally beautiful!