• PG-13, 2 hr. 13 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Ryan Murphy
    In Theaters:
    Aug 13, 2010 Wide
    On DVD:
    Nov 23, 2010
  • Sony Pictures

Critic Review - Rolling Stone

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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Carole B.

Carole Barns

The book left me with the same feeling. I wanted to scream "get over yourself!" Elizabeth Gilbert, based on the impression of her book, is a self-absorbed, the-world-revolves-around-me person. Every member of our 16-member book club didn't just dislike the book, we all hated it. Love Julia Roberts but won't waste time or money on the movie. The popularity of the book just shows again the power of Oprah. Delighted with what Oprah has done for reading, don't always agree with her enthusiasm for a particular book. Eat, Pray, Love is the best example to date of that disagreement.

Aug 15 - 06:55 AM

Gigi T.

Gigi Thomas

So happy to see others feel this way and not a bit surprised to hear the movie comes across this way as well. Haven't watched the movie and do not plan on doing so after reading the book.
I never found the enlightenment, all I read was "why me" and whine, whine, whine. Someone passed the follow-up book "Committed" on to me and I read it, (even thought I said I wouldn't) and was discouraged to find out that Gilbert could come across even MORE selfish and whiny! Wahhh... the mean ol' USA is telling me the quickest way to get permanent residency for my boyfriend is to marry him...and I don't wanna marry..wah..get over yourself chick.

Aug 17 - 08:00 PM

Jeff M.

Jeff Munski

Funny thing is, it's nice to see the same reaction to this movie as one would have over some guy going through the same issues in life . . . basically, it's called 'mid-life crisis', and everyone has it at some point to a degree. Thing is, when they make a movie about a guy going through it, they call it 'self-indulgent crap'. Given the gushing of her highness Queen Oprah, I thought this was going to be the same sort of 'high praise' for something that's incredibly selfish . . . and the same sort of thing the general public have been making fun of men doing for years . . . having second thoughts about their existence at a later time in life. Trouble is, that experience is usually equated with 'trying to procreate as often as possible with every young thing possible', when frankly, men experience a great deal of 'what am I' issues at that point as well . . . well, guess what . . . whether you fuck a lot of young girls, try a lot of sports, or simply go off and fly to exotic lands and try to 'find yourself', it's the same experience, and the same questions are asked as one faces the bigger picture of reaching that point where you ask yourself, "What or who am I at this point in my life, and what have I accomplished?"

Oh, and the usual reactions of that time of life in trying to get laid or compete on a basket-ball court by people half your age, or trying to get back that wash-board stomach isn't restricted to men . . . boob jobs, pilates, and make-up fads . . . all part of the lady-process. And anyone who thinks that men don't age, they get 'dignified', should take a fast glance at some 45 yr old dude that doesn't feel the need to work out, eat less, or drink less beer without a shirt on, and see just how dignified that looks. Truth be told, we all age the same, we all look as beautiful or as frumpy, dumpy and ugly as we let ourselves get as we age, and the only difference comes with our sense of self-worth.

These negative reviews and even some of the positive ones, including the rant I just did which is coming from a 47 yr. old male who no longer has that 'soul-patch' goatee he used to have because it now grows in completely gray just saved you about 2 and a half agonizing hours. That's basically what this entire movie is about.

Oh, except for the fact that I can only afford to buy razors to shave the goatee off. However, taking a year off from work and going to exotic locations in order 'find myself', or divorcing my wife in order to fornicate with people I have no real interest in knowing intimately because I do believe in the sanctity of marraige isn't an option financially or morally, especially when one of the best features of getting old is to try and be a good friend with your life-partner . . . but if you don't try during the melt-down, how the hell will you even know it can work out? People can live with each other for years, and still find out new things about them . . . if they make the attempt. And here's a thought . . . take a walk in the woods, meditate in the local park, read a few books to expand your thoughts, and actually take some time to notice some of the smaller things in life in your own backyard . . . you don't have to go to Bali or some other exotic location to find some sense of moral or peaceful centre.

Sigh . . . end old-guy rant.

Aug 18 - 03:22 PM

Raymond Ly

Raymond Ly

I couldn't agree more! It's just like "It's Complicated." "It's Complicated" was interesting, but I could not get over what a life of luxury Meryl Streep's character was living. There are people in the world living with nothing. This woman has a giant mansion and still needs to add another piece to it to get "the kitchen of her dreams." And she actually acts like what she is going through are "big problems." I haven't even seen Eat, Pray, Love, but I can already tell it will be the exact same thing - some rich lady who has everything, but needs to invent problems for herself because she is bored. The world revolves around her and it's her story. Who would ever want to watch this except other rich ladies who have nothing to do with their lives but invent problems for themselves? No wonder Oprah liked the book.

Aug 31 - 06:46 PM

Lawrence L.

Lawrence Lai

I couldn't agree more! It's just like "It's Complicated." "It's Complicated" was interesting, but I could not get over what a life of luxury Meryl Streep's character was living. There are people in the world living with nothing. This woman has a giant mansion and still needs to add another piece to it to get "the kitchen of her dreams." And she actually acts like what she is going through are "big problems." I haven't even seen Eat, Pray, Love, but I can already tell it will be the exact same thing - some rich lady who has everything, but needs to invent problems for herself because she is bored. The world revolves around her and it's her story. Who would ever want to watch this except other rich ladies who have nothing to do with their lives but invent problems for themselves? No wonder Oprah liked the book.

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Lawrence L.

Lawrence Lai

I couldn't agree more! It's just like "It's Complicated." "It's Complicated" was interesting, but I could not get over what a life of luxury Meryl Streep's character was living. There are people in the world living with nothing. This woman has a giant mansion and still needs to add another piece to it to get "the kitchen of her dreams." And she actually acts like what she is going through are "big problems." I haven't even seen Eat, Pray, Love, but I can already tell it will be the exact same thing - some rich lady who has everything, but needs to invent problems for herself because she is bored. The world revolves around her and it's her story. Who would ever want to watch this except other rich ladies who have nothing to do with their lives but invent problems for themselves? No wonder Oprah liked the book.

Find my full review of the movie and a full discussion of the similarities and problems I feel exist between "Eat, Pray, Love" and "It's Complicated" at www.Lawrence-Lai.ca (under 'Blog' and the blog category: 'Film Critique')

Sep 7 - 03:43 AM

Lawrence L.

Lawrence Lai

I couldn't agree more! It's just like "It's Complicated." "It's Complicated" was interesting, but I could not get over what a life of luxury Meryl Streep's character was living. There are people in the world living with nothing. This woman has a giant mansion and still needs to add another piece to it to get "the kitchen of her dreams." And she actually acts like what she is going through are "big problems." I haven't even seen Eat, Pray, Love, but I can already tell it will be the exact same thing - some rich lady who has everything, but needs to invent problems for herself because she is bored. The world revolves around her and it's her story. Who would ever want to watch this except other rich ladies who have nothing to do with their lives but invent problems for themselves? No wonder Oprah liked the book.

Find my full review of the movie and a full discussion of the similarities and problems I feel exist between "Eat, Pray, Love" and "It's Complicated" at www.Lawrence-Lai.ca (under 'Blog' and the blog category: 'Film Critique.')

Sep 7 - 03:44 AM

María Siñani Butrón

María Siñani Butrón

I've watch the Movie and I don't want to wathc it over again. It was so boring, so lame.

The character is so selfish, and they want to fixed it at the end with de woman's house issue.

Aug 31 - 02:55 PM

Krishna Pk

Krishna Pk

i watched the film for the sole reason that it was supposedly shot in india where i live,but the constant whining got really annoying,i mean seriously you have enough cash to make a damn tour around the world.get over it!!!

Mar 26 - 08:59 AM

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