Elegy

Elegy

75%
  • 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

Jonathan F. Richards
Film.com
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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
Variety
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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
Ray Bennett
Hollywood Reporter
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Penelope Cruz is outstanding in an otherwise lame male fantasy.

October 18, 2008
Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
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Elegy is a rare treat: a serious film that, thanks to Kingsley and the rest, doesn't seem to take itself too seriously.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 4.5/5

September 4, 2008
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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A remarkable example of the actor at his best -- conveying wounded hurt or burning hunger with a glance.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 3.5/4

August 29, 2008
Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
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Elegy gives Ben Kingsley one of the best roles of his career.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader | Original Score: 4/4

August 22, 2008
Tom Maurstad
Dallas Morning News
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It's beautifully photographed and slowly paced, all the better to emphasize the film's emphasis on and exploration of deep feelings.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: B

August 22, 2008
Tom Long
Detroit News
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The best dramatic film of the year so far.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: a

August 22, 2008
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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Director Isabel Coixet (My Life Without Me) keeps the focus on Kepesh, played by Kingsley in a performance that brings sympathy and humanity to a selfish, imperious, predatory man.

| Original Score: 3/4

August 22, 2008
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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Occasionally touching, always interesting.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 3/5

August 22, 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
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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It's nicely done.

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

August 22, 2008
Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
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Kingsley perfectly tunes his performance to these psychological nuances, the strong features in his face undone by an anxious flicker of his eyes.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 3/4

August 22, 2008
Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
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The delicious conflict of a thinker poleaxed by his feelings inflames Isabel Coixet's smoldering Elegy, based on Roth's novella The Dying Animal.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 3/4

August 21, 2008
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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Elegy is a curious example of misplaced good taste. Spanish-born director Isabel Coixet's film, adapted by Nicholas Meyer, recasts into softer, more palatable material the...third in Philip Roth's stories driven by the sensual obsessions of Roth al

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 2.5/4

August 21, 2008
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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Director Isabel Coixet sees David's tragedy, but also his life force, and she draws brilliant work out of Cruz.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: A

August 11, 2008
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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Wonderful writing, good performances, beautiful photography, and a lot of food for thought.

August 11, 2008
Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
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It's beautiful, but nobody involved was ever sure what the movie was actually about, or why they were making it.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

August 8, 2008
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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A spare, meditative and melancholy film.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 3.5/4

August 8, 2008
Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
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Spanish director Isabel Coixet displays what is almost reverence for the material. You can imagine her whispering on the set. She brings out the absolute best in her top-notch cast.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 4/4

August 8, 2008
Keith Phipps
AV Club
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As an acting showcase that builds to some unexpectedly moving moments, Elegy has much to recommend it.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: B

August 8, 2008
Linda Stasi
New York Post
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A windbaggy film of Phillip Roth's novella The Dying Animal.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 2/4

August 8, 2008
Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
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The movie dog days of August can include dramas, as this abashed adaptation of a Philip Roth novel shows.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 2/5

August 8, 2008
Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times
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Elegy seems to mourn for the wrong things, making its self-examining characters seem merely narcissistic and more than a little pathetic.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 2/5

August 8, 2008
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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While this may seem like an apologia for randy older men, it doesn't come off that way, and Cruz gives her best performance to date.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: B+

August 8, 2008
Manohla Dargis
New York Times
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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 Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2/5

August 8, 2008
John Anderson
Newsday
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Touching, wonderfully acted examination of the corrosive effects of doubt on love.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 3.5/4

August 8, 2008
Trevor Johnston
Time Out
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Overall, though, the film falls just short, due in no small part to unimaginative music selections, which drain its individuality in favour of mere generic arthouse melancholia.

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 3/6

August 8, 2008
Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
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If I recommend Elegy to my readers, it is not as a licentiously escapist entertainment, but, rather, as a soberingly eloquent expression of what our lives are all about, whether we want to think about them or not.

Full Review Source: New York Observer

August 7, 2008
Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
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A flat, joyless affair.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

August 7, 2008
Ben Kenigsberg
Time Out New York
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Elegy sneaks up on you anyway -- even overacted, Roth's intelligence shines through.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 3/6

August 6, 2008
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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There is much tragedy and truth in what the makers of this movie have brought to the screen.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 3.5/4

August 5, 2008
David Denby
New Yorker
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Of all the good actors who have adorned the middle-aged-professor films, Ben Kingsley, in Elegy, is the most formidable and convincing.

Full Review Source: New Yorker

August 4, 2008
David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
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Elegy is a spare, melancholy film that is so far in spirit from its source, Philip Roth's The Dying Animal, that I'm tempted to say we should abandon altogether the idea of adapting Roth.

Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture

August 4, 2008
Rex Reed
New York Observer
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A depressing but well-made adaptation of a Philip Roth novella by Spanish director Isabel Coixet.

Full Review Source: New York Observer

July 30, 2008
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