Elegy Reviews

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Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
August 28, 2008
Remarkably dour and unsexy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Christopher Campbell
Cinematical
August 8, 2008
A slow, uninteresting depiction of a selfish fool who possibly too-late realizes that he's grown old before he's actually grown up.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
August 7, 2008
A flat, joyless affair.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
August 22, 2008
Elegy is a well-made movie, with several revelatory performances (including Deborah Harry's quiet work as Hopper's wife), but the main character is so unappealing, that's what I was left with: Who cares?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com
August 28, 2008
The high-minded philosophical discussions feel like posturing, like the movie is trying a little too hard to earn that "prestige" title.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
August 8, 2008
The movie dog days of August can include dramas, as this abashed adaptation of a Philip Roth novel shows.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
August 8, 2008
Elegy is such a serious, oftentimes grave exploration of desire and the ways of aging that it's a miracle the two central characters have as much sex as they do.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Prairie Miller
NewsBlaze
March 14, 2009
Penelope's gullible college coed swoons when the lecherous lecturer played by Ben Kingsley confesses that he's fallen in love with her breasts. You've come a long way backwards, baby. Penelope Cruz Boob Fetish Blues.
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
August 30, 2008
Kingsley and Cruz both give performances that rank among the best of their recent careers...all by themselves making a terrifically flat movie seem marginally human.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
August 8, 2008
Elegy makes us question again the cinema's ability, without loss of heat and light, to translate Roth's subtle, high-voltage prose from page to screen.
Peter Sobczynski
eFilmCritic.com
August 22, 2008
By failing to properly transform Roth's unique voice from the page to the screen, all that remains is a fairly embarrassing and horribly mawkish soap opera that, save for one key element, is pretty much a wash from beginning to end.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Beverly Berning
culturevulture.net
September 5, 2008
... another Hollywood-delivered message declaring the ultimate rightness of romantic love between a 65-year-old man and a woman who is decades younger.
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
August 8, 2008
This beautifully directed film is packed with serious, provocative themes. But a mopey tone and some wobbly casting undermines the otherwise terrific acting.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Tim Evans
Sky Movies
August 8, 2008
The big flaw with director Isabel Coixet's adaptation of Philip Roth's short novel The Dying Animal is the sheer unlikelihood of Cruz's Consuela falling for a randy old goat like Kingsley's Kepesh.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Ray Bennett
Hollywood Reporter
October 18, 2008
Penelope Cruz is outstanding in an otherwise lame male fantasy.
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
August 29, 2008
A male-flattering romantic/tragic fantasy for mature intellectuals unable to identify with the young man's fantasies of Judd Apatow movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Rick Kisonak
Film Threat
October 16, 2008
Its tone and style, unfortunately, have little to do with the novella it adapts.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times
August 8, 2008
Elegy seems to mourn for the wrong things, making its self-examining characters seem merely narcissistic and more than a little pathetic.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jonathan Kiefer
Sacramento News & Review
September 4, 2008
You'd think screenwriter Nicholas Meyer would know better.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Tom Dawson
Total Film
August 8, 2008
This fails to do justice to Roth's formidable prose.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
August 22, 2008
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
Brent Simon
Shared Darkness
May 15, 2012
Mark Jenkins
NPR.org
October 18, 2008

Irish Times
October 18, 2008
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