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Based on 35 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 101 )
  • 63
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    It's all in the telling. Gruen provided grit and pungent detail. The movie settles for gloss. show more

  • 75
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    In Water for Elephants, Waltz plays a circus owner and ringleader during the Great Depression, and when he's onscreen, every eye is on him, no matter who is talking. show more

  • 63
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    Mildly entertaining, though the best performances come not from the stars, but the supporting players. show more

  • 20
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    How do I count the ways this movie goes wrong? show more

  • 75
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    Steamy and sexy with a smack of sadism, the movie is a throwback to old-school Hollywood action/romance. show more

  • 60
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    The primary drawback is the lack of chemistry between the leads, Reese Witherspoon and "Twilight's" Robert Pattinson. show more

  • 50
    Todd McCarthy The Hollywood Reporter

    Will please fans of Sara Gruen's best seller, but it lacks the vital spark that would have made the drama truly compelling on the screen. show more

  • 85
    Stephanie Zacharek Movieline

    One of those big, extravagant-looking romances that you might automatically deem "conventional" - except for the fact that almost nobody makes big, extravagant-looking romances anymore. show more

  • 88
    Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune

    Like "The Notebook," but with an elephant, the unexpectedly good film version of Water for Elephants elevates pure corn to a completely satisfying realm of romantic melodrama. show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    In an age of prefabricated special effects and obviously phony spectacle, it's sort of old-fashioned (and a pleasure) to see a movie made of real people and plausible sets. show more

  • August 21, 2012 myraa99711
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    I thought this was a great movie. I loved all the actors in it (including Rosie). I have watched it several times and still have not got tired of it. Good job Rob, Reese and the entire cast.

  • June 24, 2012 Raymond
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    A great love storey Reese was never better or beautiful under rated film

  • April 26, 2012 MARY P
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    I absolutely loved it, I love Reese n Robert, when the ring leader started 2 beat rosie n he did it more then once, i wanted 2 reach out n kill him myself, Rosie took care of that herself in the end---Robert n Reese looked like they really love animals n i love that they do- I really loved it. I alos loved the end where they showed how happy they were with their childern n Rosie

  • December 30, 2011 cjswansonusa507
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    Just loved it. Great actors.

  • December 10, 2011 bb617
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    I haven\'t seen the movie but the book was great. Couldn\'t put it down.....

  • November 26, 2011 mbreezygirl
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    I Loved this movie, mostly because Robert Pattison did so well in conveying his love for the woman and the animals in such a sensitive and HOT way. oops excuse me. And Reese Witherspoon was so elegant in her stunts she did with the animals and very pretty and sensitive too. It was a good movie , I would see it again. The book was really good to and I recommend them both.

  • November 08, 2011 jackd1207
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    Very entertaining movie as far as chick-flix go. Great story line. The bad guy was a little over the top, but otherwise the acting was good. Worth a watch.

  • November 05, 2011 Susan
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    If you feel like a \"Notebook\" kind of movie, this is your choice. LOVED IT.

  • July 06, 2011 twistedpretzels6
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    Ran closely with the book. Excellent job.

  • June 18, 2011 Trtetiva
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    Reese again shows that she is a serious actress after the \"Pink\" series. Cast as the beleaguered wife of a singularly possesive and brutal husband (Christoph Waltz) her white knight shows up in the form of down on his luck vetrinary doctor (Robert Pattinson) who\'s Ivy league pedigree, easy manner, and vet skills are positively irresistable. Throw in the vissitudes of circus life in the depression era, stir twice, and you\'ve got a pretty good film.

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