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The End of the Tour

  • Starring: Jason Segel, Jesse Eisenberg, Anna Chlumsky, Joan Cusack, Mamie Gummer
  • Director: James Ponsoldt
  • Genre(s): Drama
  • Rating: R
  • Running Time: 106 min.

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 audio tapes were packed away in Lipsky’s closet. The two men did not meet again. The film is based on Lipsky’s critically acclaimed memoir about this unforgettable encounter, written following Wallace’s 2008 suicide. [A24]

"The End of the Tour asks viewers to lean in, listen well and be rewarded with an uncommonly intelligent and relatable movie experience."
- Steve Persall, Tampa Bay Times
"It’s a brilliant slice of life."
- Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times
"James Ponsoldt's magnificent The End of the Tour gives us two guys talking, and the effect is breathtaking."
- Sheri Linden, Los Angeles Times
"It’s ultimately a movie — one of the most rigorous and thoughtful I’ve seen — about the ethical and existential traps our fame-crazed culture sets for the talented and the mediocre alike."
- A.O. Scott, NY Times
"What The End of the Tour tries to sell, and sells well, is that Wallace’s big heart was just not made for these times."
- Jordan Hoffman, The Guardian
"One of the best movies of the year."
- Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News
"The End of the Tour is a five-day bender of a talk — a film that illuminates like few others the singular pleasure of shared discovery of one another’s sensibility. In an unassuming way, it’s a glory."
- Kyle Smith, New York Post
"This is no conventional biodrama about the tortured artist, but very much the film that lovers of Wallace's dazzlingly perspicacious fiction and essays would want."
- David Rooney, Hollywood Reporter
"Intimate, soul-baring, and winning, The End Of The Tour is a special, lovely little gem."
- The Playlist, Rodrigo Perez
"Essentially, this is a film about existential emptiness, and yet it’s beautiful and alive, as filled with humor as it is with melancholy."
- The Hollywood Reporter

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