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Based on 37 Reviews
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fan reviews ( 4 )
  • 50
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    The film's problems lie with the lack of spark between a wired Dunst and a bland Bloom, and the meltdown of Drew's mother (Susan Sarandon), who grieves by tap-dancing. show more

  • 50
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    That gift doesn't desert him [Crowe] in Elizabethtown, but he clutters his movie with plot elements that confuse the focus, the central character and, ultimately, I suspect, Crowe himself. show more

  • 50
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    Though it's no fiasco -- there's nothing mythic about its disjointed story -- it is a failure. show more

  • 30
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    A saga of static set pieces and strenuously clever notions, this is a fiasco of a film if ever there was one. show more

  • 50
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    An unmitigated, inexplicable, unforgivable flop. show more

  • 38
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    Crowe was going for something magical in all this, but the film is so affected and mannered, so preciously in love with itself, that it's painful to watch. Scenes go on and on, and when you think the movie's over, it goes on and on some more. show more

  • 50
    Ray Bennett The Hollywood Reporter

    Tedious humor and sentimentality bury what could have been a pretty good road picture. show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Nowhere near one of Crowe's great films (like "Almost Famous"), but it is sweet and good-hearted and has some real laughs. show more

  • 75
    Rene Rodriguez Miami Herald

    It's an uncommonly optimistic meditation on death and lament, befitting a filmmaker whose movies (Jerry Maguire, Singles, Say Anything), no matter their subject matter, always double as a celebration of life. show more

  • 63
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    What's sad is that Elizabethtown contains two GREAT sequences. show more

  • January 23, 2011 kcwitter1693
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    It is a mystery to me why some people do not like this movie. This is one of my favorite films for so many reasons. The actors are great. Kirsten Dunst and Orlando Bloom are perfect for their roles and have amazing chemestry. The soundtrack of this movie is absolutely fabulous, and it is overall a very touching movie. The first 20 minutes are a little boring but the movie as a whole is excellent! It also gets better and better every time you watch it. Deffinitely watch this Cameron Crowe masterpiece!!!

  • March 21, 2010 bmp4h2o
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    Odd film, with some great moments. Very quirkie.

  • September 30, 2009 Giddyuplucy
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    This movie wasn't great but it wasn't terrible either. There were spots that dragged on or were somewhat awkward. It has a great theme to it and the music is pretty good too. All the actors were great but I was pleasantly surprised by Orlando's performance; it was fun seeing him having fun in the role. But they tried to make it a little better than it was supposed to be by jumbling everything. That, and those little weird, slow moments were the only thing that brought it down. Other than that, I liked it.

  • May 13, 2009 jacci068
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    one of my alltime favorite movies. it made me laugh, cry, and want to jump for joy when it was over. the actors were great, the story was great, and the soundtrack was amazing. rent this movie.

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