Even for those, like me, who are lukewarm on DFW's fiction (though I love his essays), The End of the Tour is a very satisfying film. Segel and Eisenberg make a great pair, sparring away with the utmost naturalness. Lipsky's recordings were a boon to a film that might otherwise have got bogged down in self-indulgence. Instead, it's a funny, engaging and smart film reminiscent of Richard Linklater's best work.
Jason Segel and the words of David Foster Wallace makes this a four; the direction is not even invisible, it's just plain boring. If the direction hadn't been so boring, with it's flat shots and naturalistic style, it would've been a five easily. It, however, also gives us Jason Segel's Wallace, that brilliant brilliant performance.
Segel and Eisenberg were excellent. Truthfully, I'd rather that this movie exist than didn't exist, but after reading the criticisms of people who actually knew Wallace, the film retroactively leaves a bad taste in my mouth. essential reading: https://www.theguardian.com/books/2015/jul/29/why-the-end-of-the-tour-isnt-really-about-my-friend-david-foster-wallace
I'm still on my Infinite Jest kick from finishing it a month ago, so this movie was the perfect complement to my obsession. I wouldn't say I'm a fan of Jason Segal but I was extremely impressed by him here; I forgot almost entirely that I was watching a work of fiction and not an actual documentary. He was incredibly convincing.