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Eat Pray Love (2010)

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Average Rating: 5.2/10
Reviews Counted: 194
Fresh: 70 | Rotten: 124

The scenery is nice to look at, and Julia Roberts is as luminous as ever, but without the spiritual and emotional weight of the book that inspired it, Eat Pray Love is too shallow to resonate.

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Average Rating: 5.8/10
Critic Reviews: 41
Fresh: 16 | Rotten: 25

The scenery is nice to look at, and Julia Roberts is as luminous as ever, but without the spiritual and emotional weight of the book that inspired it, Eat Pray Love is too shallow to resonate.

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A woman who once made it her goal in life to marry and rear a family finds her priorities suddenly shifting in Ryan Murphy and Jennifer Salt's adaptation of author Elizabeth Gilbert's best-selling memoir. In the eyes of many, Liz Gilbert (Julia Roberts) was a woman who had it all -- a loving husband, a great career, and a weekend home -- but sometimes one realizes too little too late that they haven't gotten what they truly wanted from life. On the heels of a painful divorce, the woman who had

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Ryan Murphy

Nov 23, 2010

$80.6M

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The film version is pure wish-fulfillment fantasy.

January 31, 2011 Full Review Source: Miami Herald
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The movie is aware of its own riches; it fills up your plate and dares you not to eat.

September 22, 2010 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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We're not so much involved in the movie as idly registering it -- eavesdropping, almost, on a conversation at an adjoining table.

August 23, 2010 Full Review Source: New Yorker | Comments (4)
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The movie is completely aware of its own riches; it fills up your plate and dares you not to eat.

August 18, 2010 Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Comments (6)
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Try not to hoot when the gaunt Roberts makes a bring-on-the-flab speech to persuade the equally slender Tuva Novotny to eat pizza, even if they get "muffin tops."

August 16, 2010 Full Review Source: New York Magazine | Comments (3)
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The movie left me with the feeling of being trapped with a person of privilege who won't stop with the whine whine whine.

August 13, 2010 Full Review Source: Rolling Stone | Comments (7)
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Eat Pray Love is overlong and quickly becomes tedious. It features narcissistic, inward looking characters of no interest at all and amounts to a very poorly made film.

November 9, 2013 Full Review Source: We Got This Covered
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Liz maybe the most unlikeable character Julia Roberts has ever had to play, not because co-writer/director Ryan Murphy is trying to make her so but because everything the film does pushes her in that direction.

March 21, 2011 Full Review Source: ComingSoon.net | Comment (1)
ComingSoon.net

A seemingly interminable romantic travelogue that feels as though it takes as long to watch as the year-long spiritual quest it depicts.

March 14, 2011 Full Review Source: Movie Talk
Movie Talk

Julia's late career seems an apologia for buying someone else's husband and getting away with it, for the most part, in the court of public opinion.

January 6, 2011 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
Film Freak Central

During the India scenes, Liz accuses Richard from Texas of spouting a bunch of bumper-sticker slogans... as though her revelations are any better.

January 3, 2011 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
Christian Science Monitor

[Takes] itself too seriously, even while it contains all the trappings of one of the most lighthearted movie genres, the 'travel romance' or 'travel therapy' movie.

December 29, 2010 Full Review Source: Window to the Movies
Window to the Movies

full review at Movies for the Masses

November 20, 2010 Full Review Source: Movies for the Masses
Movies for the Masses

El mayor problema es el subrayado permanente de lo que suele llamarse "mensaje", eso que supuestamente el espectador debe descubrir en el transcurso de una película y llevarse al final para su casa y que aquí está servido como receta.

November 2, 2010 Full Review Source: Uruguay Total
Uruguay Total

Merely good and not great as many fans of the book hoped it would be.

October 22, 2010 Full Review Source: Moviedex | Comment (1)

Eat Pray Love is a two hour and fifteen minute ad for being rich; it's a smug, patronising travelogue that -- despite its already apt title -- could have also been called First World Problems: The Movie.

October 21, 2010 Full Review Source: Quickflix | Comments (2)
Quickflix

On the surface a beautiful film. But those looking for some hidden spiritual meaning be warned - Eat Pray Love doesn't go that deep.

October 13, 2010 Full Review Source: Fan The Fire | Comment (1)
Fan The Fire

It's as though the "phenomenon" of Eat Pray Love got away on itself and, rather than casting a self-deprecating, unknown actress who could embody 30-something middle-class angst, they chose the biggest, richest movie star of the lot.

October 13, 2010 Full Review Source: Flicks.co.nz | Comment (1)
Flicks.co.nz

Eat Pray Love ... [hits] its target demographic right between the eyes, but in the same way that a self-help book may appeal to thousands, it will never be great literature.

October 9, 2010 Full Review Source: The Standard | Comment (1)

Narcissistic nonsense, styled within an inch of its life in the manner of food, fashion and travel magazines.

October 8, 2010 Full Review Source: MovieTime, ABC Radio National | Comment (1)
MovieTime, ABC Radio National

The fatal flaw of Eat Pray Love is that for a celebration of enlightenment through travel and the benefits of restorative calm, the end result is so hollow and artificial. Don't mistake entitlement for enlightenment.

October 7, 2010 Full Review Source: sbs.com.au | Comment (1)
sbs.com.au

A tiresome, humourless, lifeless, overlong dirge in which the lofty pretention to say something deep about the quest for self and the female condition all gets blown away by an insipid, off-the-shelf romantic-movie ending.

October 7, 2010 Full Review Source: The Age (Australia)
The Age (Australia)

The chemistry shared by Roberts and Bardem is alert, alive and alluring: everything the rest of Eat Pray Love should have been, but shied away from.

October 7, 2010 Full Review Source: Herald Sun (Australia)
Herald Sun (Australia)

The director, Ryan Murphy, brings only the most obvious sentiments to the borderline intolerable proceedings.

October 6, 2010 Full Review Source: At the Movies (Australia)
At the Movies (Australia)

There?s too much eating, too much praying and too much loving. I should have known given the title.

October 6, 2010 Full Review Source: ABC Radio Brisbane
ABC Radio Brisbane

Audience Reviews for Eat Pray Love

Not as bad as I expected, but still pretty missable. I found the book the same way. I pretty much used this as background noise while I did housework. I missed bits, but it was excessively long and not all of it was terribly interesting.
I didn't hate Liz, though, as others seem to. Not everyone has the same idea of a satisfying life. Yes, her husband was fine, but they were not suited. It doesn't make Liz a bad or shallow person because she recognised this and was honest instead of dragging it out and them both feeling miserable.
Some of the travel bits were enjoyable. The food in Italy looked delicious and I enjoyed her friendship with the young Indian girl.
Film had really lost me by the "love" part - I didn't buy Julia and Javier as a couple at all.
February 23, 2013
romy861

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Even if Julia Roberts is adorable and the stunning sceneries will probably make you want to go backpacking around the world, this movie clearly should have been better edited, since it is too long for a romantic drama and does not have what it takes to keep our interest for all this time.
October 17, 2012
blacksheepboy

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Either Elizabeth Gilbert didn't actually go to Italy/Bali/India or she's been a little 'creative' with the truth. It's fair to say she's not exactly your archetype backpacker. She probably did go to these countries but had a crap time so made up the rest, she obviously as rich as she is vacuous, egotistical and thoroughly unlikable - Julia Roberts being well cast then! Boring, stupid, horrible. Who is this crap for, bored housewives? Do me a favour, intelligent thinking my arse!
January 3, 2012
SirPant

Super Reviewer

A film I've been eagerly anticipating. I'm not a huge fan of Julia Roberts, or of Romantic Dramas in general, but for me, it was the travelling and spiritual journey which was of great interest and is an enlightening true tale.

This, I'm sure, will be the first of many watches.
September 25, 2011
76Majikat

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    1. Richard From Teas: Stop trying, surrender.
    – Submitted by Cathy D (17 months ago)
    1. Felipe: Listen, balance, my darling, is not letting anybody love you less than you love yourself.
    – Submitted by rob g (3 years ago)
    1. Liz Gilbert: It won't last forever. Nothing does.
    – Submitted by rob g (3 years ago)
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