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The Edge of Love (2008)



Critic Consensus: Despite effective performances from Knightley and Miller, The Edge of Love lacks a coherent narrative.

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This beautifully drawn love story explores the bohemian underworld of war-torn London and the intimate complexities of two young couples whose lives and loves become dangerously intertwined.

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Keira Knightley
as Vera Phillips
Matthew Rhys
as Dylan Thomas
Cillian Murphy
as William Killick
Sienna Miller
as Caitlin MacNamara
Simon Armstrong
as Wilfred Hosgood
Ben Batt
as Sergeant
Rachel Bell
as Midwife
Paul Brooke
as Mr. Justice Singleton
Huw Ceredig
as John Patrick
Nick Stringer
as PC Williams
Jonny Phillips
as John Eldridge
Lisa Stansfield (II)
as Ruth Williams
Richard Dillane
as Lt. Col. David Talbot Rice
Richard Clifford
as Alistair Graham
Alastair Mackenzie
as Anthony Devas
Ray Llewellyn
as Dewi Ianthe
Anne Lambton
as Anita Shenkin
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Critic Reviews for The Edge of Love

All Critics (59) | Top Critics (27)

The whole thing has come out as a muddle, and a cold-hearted, alienating muddle at that. If this is the life of literary people, then the literary people can keep it.

August 23, 2018 | Full Review…

[D]irector John Maybury treats the proceedings like Josef von Sternberg wet dream, at once elegant, campy and desiccated.

November 17, 2011 | Rating: 2/6 | Full Review…

The Edge of Love is literate and often lovely to look at, but unless you're requesting an off-key bohemian rhapsody, do not go gentle into that good theater.

April 16, 2009 | Rating: 2/4

The Edge of Love holds a lot of promise in its first hour and never completely falls apart, but it's ultimately not the movie it might have been.

April 3, 2009 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

This may be Knightley's first truly mature performance. Too bad it arrives wrapped in doggerel.

April 2, 2009 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…
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For all its vivid evocation of its characters' tomorrow-we-die bonhomie, the film finally never quite convinces viewers of its central subject: the sisterly, almost sapphic bond between Vera and Caitlin.

March 20, 2009

Audience Reviews for The Edge of Love


I'm no fan of Keira Rat-Face Knightley, but I have to say, she is photographed remarkably well in this movie. Her singing scenes are gorgeous with the shiny lipstick and stiff coiffure, the fuzzy Vaseline lens and the red, green, and blue filters. Her lip-syncing and singing expressions looked pretty convincing as well. Then I found out she sang her own songs! Well, color me impressed. Those musical numbers are easily the best parts of the movie. The twisted love...parallelogram is too subtle, too full of wist. There isn't much development on how exactly Vera and Caitlin become besties, what exactly went on between Dylan and Vera, why William becomes so disturbed.

Alice Shen
Alice Shen

Super Reviewer


A well made film with a strong cast and good production values. Good use of cinematography and some good acting talent on show. I was very impressed with the Welsh accents. Anyone who thinks Sienna Miller is just a pretty face should see this, one of her best performances I have seen. Loosely based on true events around the relationships the poet Dylan Thomas had at the time of the second world war. Overall I'm not a big drama fan and it is a bit slow at times. If you like relationship dramas or any of the actors, this would probably be a 4 star film for you!

Dean King
Dean King

Super Reviewer

This is the type of film that one minute you hate it and the next minute your thinking this isn't bad, but never think this is swell or outstanding. The story itself is about Dylan Thomas and after watching this movie I give my father more credit as to why he hated the name Dylan. We are bombarded with Dylan Thomas pomes and lines in a World War II Bombing of England and Scenes of British solders in Greece. Dylan has his wife, also his childhood sweetheart that is married to a British Soldier who is fighting the war, but comes home with his troubles. You have to be an independent film lover to enjoy this film. 3 Stars

Bruce Bruce
Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer

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