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Based on 32 Reviews
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fan reviews ( 11 )
  • 100
    Ruthe Stein San Francisco Chronicle

    A richly textured and compelling film. show more

  • 88
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    True to its title, Elegy is a spare, meditative and melancholy film. It is a deeply affecting and profoundly observed saga about love, art, beauty and, especially, mortality. show more

  • 75
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    If Coixet's film is substantially more restrained than its explicit source material (Nicholas Meyer, himself a fine novelist and director of the second and best Star Trek film, adapted), it is no less provocative as a poetic meditation on love, sex and death. show more

  • 40
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    Roth's works are particularly hard to do justice to onscreen, perhaps because the celebrated author's personality is really in his words show more

  • 50
    Ray Bennett The Hollywood Reporter

    Cruz's performance deserves to be seen widely, and it should place her again in line for prizes, but the story's pretensions and downbeat mood will not endear the film to audiences. show more

  • 88
    Ken Fox TV Guide

    This melancholy mediation on aging and desire hangs on an exquisite performance from Penelope Cruz. show more

  • 88
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    This is an offering for mature viewers thrown out amidst a sea of summer flotsam. The title, Elegy, is perfect for the material. There is much tragedy and truth in what the makers of this movie have brought to the screen. show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    By the time it's over, Penelope Cruz has slipped away with it, and transformed Kingsley's character in the process. It's nicely done. show more

  • 75
    Rene Rodriguez Miami Herald

    As formidable as Kingsley is, Elegy wouldn't work if his object of obsession wasn't worthy of him. show more

  • 75
    Rick Groen The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    The result, Elegy, isn't a great film but it is a good one, and better for Coixet's perspective, her ability to interpret Roth's world from the other side of the gender fence. show more

  • December 11, 2009 IROL9561
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    I left out my rating with my review earlier. EXCELLENT!!!!

  • October 23, 2009 mzcombs
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    Suprisingly good film. Great performances on both Penelope Cruz and Ben Kingsley's parts. Well written, unique... I enjoyed it very much.

  • October 20, 2008 Girlie9191
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    The most boring movie ever made. Please avoid at all costs. I wanted to walk out 10 minutes in. The movie was two hours long it felt like a lifetime.

  • October 09, 2008 rpcarzoli
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    Bad movie that seemed 4 hours long. The director could have cut 50%of the movie and still made his psuedo erotic film "trying to be arty" excuse for a movie It totally wastes good acting by Cruz and Kingsley. Most of the audience had confused looks at the end ---- probably because they had just awakened. Don't waste your money.

  • September 19, 2008 Jeff Sc199
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    Gorgeous film. Reaches just about everyone who finds time moving just a bit too fast

  • September 09, 2008 LEDZ0F0
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    Movie ticket admission price $9.50 - Popcorn & Beverage $11.50- Penelope Cruz topless-------Priceless!!!

  • August 27, 2008 parnase6
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    A GREAT MOVIE!!Penelope Cruz is even more beautiful than I thought before, Ben Kingsley and Dennis Hopper's acting were both outstanding!!Really, really GOOD!!!

  • August 25, 2008 meghan0331
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    Great movie! Definitely worth seeing.

  • August 24, 2008 cvaz3
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    I had not read the book but the film is truly worth seeing. Those with life experience will particularily find meaning in this beautifully told story.

  • August 22, 2008 Yasharlaw
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    This is a great movie!


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