• R, 1 hr. 52 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Isabel Coixet
    In Theaters:
    Feb 10, 2008 Wide
    On DVD:
    Mar 17, 2009
  • MGM


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Elegy Reviews

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Kelly Vance
East Bay Express

A proven favorite, the Horny Old Devil Professor - Ben Kingsley in Isabel Coixet's intelligent but weepy drama.

Full Review Source: East Bay Express

August 15, 2011
Brandon Judell

Your final affection for this literary treat of sorts is how well you accept the finale, which is touching, and intellectually potent, yet possibly one depressant too many.

Full Review Source: GreenCine

July 29, 2011
Mike Scott

There are moments when the story sags, as it postures and revels in its own eloquence, but with strong performances and a moving final act, this is still a fine, thought-provoking film.

Full Review Source: Times-Picayune | Original Score: 3/4

October 23, 2009
Enrique Buchichio
Uruguay Total

No se ubica entre lo mejor de la directora Isabel Coixet, pero es de todos modos una interesante y sensible reflexión sobre la soledad, el amor, el sexo y la madurez. Gran trabajo de Ben Kingsley.

Full Review Source: Uruguay Total | Original Score: 3/5

April 13, 2009
Julie Rigg
MovieTime, ABC Radio National

A film which stays and stays.

Full Review Source: MovieTime, ABC Radio National

April 10, 2009
Jenni Dawes
FILMINK (Australia)

An intelligent tale of aging, beauty, love and loss.

Full Review Source: FILMINK (Australia)

April 10, 2009
Sandra Hall
Sydney Morning Herald

Coixet has blunted the impact of the novel's ending just as she has softened Roth's misanthropic depiction of Kepesh and, as a result, she's taken flak for being over-polite. I didn't care.

Full Review Source: Sydney Morning Herald | Original Score: 4/5

April 10, 2009
Margaret Pomeranz
At the Movies (Australia)

Ben Kingsley is extraordinary, but Penelope Cruz is just astounding as Consuela. It is really a beautiful film.

Full Review Source: At the Movies (Australia) | Original Score: 4/5

April 3, 2009
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile

Beauty, obsession and longing are the central themes of this hypnotic but ultimately flawed drama in which Ben Kingsley's ageing college professor falls in lust with Penelope Cruz' stunning and vulnerable student.

Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile

April 2, 2009
Jonathan F. Richards
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With his fierce, impeccable craft Kingsley shows us around David's tortured, preening, desperate psyche.

Full Review Source: Film.com

November 10, 2008

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Original Score: B-

October 18, 2008
Leslie Felperin
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Sparse, low-budget drama, helmed by Spaniard Isabel Coixet, intelligently translates Roth's meditation on lust and mortality without soft-pedaling its narrator's brutally honest, unabashedly sexist views.

Full Review Source: Variety

October 18, 2008
James Verniere
Boston Herald

Full Review Source: Boston Herald | Original Score: B-

October 18, 2008

National Post

| Original Score: 3/4

October 18, 2008
Tim Basham
Paste Magazine

A seemingly forced ending, keep Elegy from being more than a character vehicle for one of our greatest actors and an opportunity for some creative dialogue on the pitfalls of romance.

Full Review Source: Paste Magazine

October 13, 2008
Pete Hammond

Finally, a film for grown ups.

Full Review Source: Hollywood.com | Original Score: 3/5

October 1, 2008
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

I could never warm up to any of the characters.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: B-

September 20, 2008
Michele Kenner
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

This is Kingsley's show from start to finish, as he wraps himself in Kepesh's mantle of singularity.

Full Review Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | Original Score: 3/4

September 18, 2008
Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune

Coixet's gentle hand and Kingsley's elegant voice give the movie a stately equilibrium.

| Original Score: 3/4

September 5, 2008
Richard Knight
Windy City Times

What helps the film stand out is the less than melodramatic approach of director Isabel Coixet and the complex performances of Kingsley and Cruz.

Full Review Source: Windy City Times

September 4, 2008
Brent Simon
Shared Darkness
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Mark Jenkins
October 18, 2008

Irish Times

October 18, 2008
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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The difference this time is the overall quality of the performances. Kingsley and Cruz make the most credible lovers [director Isabel] Coixet has ever paired.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 2.5/4

August 22, 2008
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