Elegy Reviews

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November 10, 2008
With his fierce, impeccable craft Kingsley shows us around David's tortured, preening, desperate psyche.
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
October 18, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Leslie Felperin
Variety
October 18, 2008
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.
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Ray Bennett
Hollywood Reporter
October 18, 2008
Penelope Cruz is outstanding in an otherwise lame male fantasy.
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
September 4, 2008
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 | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
August 29, 2008
A remarkable example of the actor at his best -- conveying wounded hurt or burning hunger with a glance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
August 22, 2008
Elegy gives Ben Kingsley one of the best roles of his career.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Tom Maurstad
Dallas Morning News
August 22, 2008
It's beautifully photographed and slowly paced, all the better to emphasize the film's emphasis on and exploration of deep feelings.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Tom Long
Detroit News
August 22, 2008
The best dramatic film of the year so far.
Full Review | Original Score: a
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
August 22, 2008
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
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
August 22, 2008
Occasionally touching, always interesting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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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
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
August 22, 2008
It's nicely done.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
August 22, 2008
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
August 21, 2008
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
August 21, 2008
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
August 11, 2008
Director Isabel Coixet sees David's tragedy, but also his life force, and she draws brilliant work out of Cruz.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
August 11, 2008
Wonderful writing, good performances, beautiful photography, and a lot of food for thought.
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
August 8, 2008
It's beautiful, but nobody involved was ever sure what the movie was actually about, or why they were making it.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
August 8, 2008
A spare, meditative and melancholy film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
August 8, 2008
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 | Original Score: 4/4
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Keith Phipps
AV Club
August 8, 2008
As an acting showcase that builds to some unexpectedly moving moments, Elegy has much to recommend it.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Linda Stasi
New York Post
August 8, 2008
A windbaggy film of Phillip Roth's novella The Dying Animal.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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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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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
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
August 8, 2008
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 | Original Score: B+
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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
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John Anderson
Newsday
August 8, 2008
Touching, wonderfully acted examination of the corrosive effects of doubt on love.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Trevor Johnston
Time Out
August 8, 2008
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 | Original Score: 3/6
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
August 7, 2008
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.
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
August 7, 2008
A flat, joyless affair.
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Ben Kenigsberg
Time Out
August 6, 2008
Elegy sneaks up on you anyway -- even overacted, Roth's intelligence shines through.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/6
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
August 5, 2008
There is much tragedy and truth in what the makers of this movie have brought to the screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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David Denby
New Yorker
August 4, 2008
Of all the good actors who have adorned the middle-aged-professor films, Ben Kingsley, in Elegy, is the most formidable and convincing.
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
August 4, 2008
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.
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
July 30, 2008
A depressing but well-made adaptation of a Philip Roth novella by Spanish director Isabel Coixet.