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

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Eat Pray Love Reviews

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Will Chadwick
We Got This Covered

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.

Full Review Source: We Got This Covered | Original Score: 3/10

November 9, 2013
Joshua Starnes
ComingSoon.net

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.

Full Review Source: ComingSoon.net | Original Score: 5/10

March 21, 2011
Simon Miraudo
Quickflix

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.

Full Review Source: Quickflix | Original Score: 2/5

October 21, 2010
Christopher Lloyd
Sarasota Herald-Tribune

I admired Julia Roberts' grasping for something meatier, but this film sticks her with an unrelatable character that even her coltish smile can't beautify.

Full Review Source: Sarasota Herald-Tribune | Original Score: 2/4

September 2, 2010
David Sexton
This is London

It's in equal measure patronising, sententious and obnoxious.

Full Review Source: This is London | Original Score: 2/5

September 29, 2010
Anne Thompson
Thompson on Hollywood

Ryan Murphy's film adaptation of Elizabeth Gilbert's bestseller about the divorced New Yorker's lone odyssey to Italy, India and Bali to find meaning in her life is a shallow guilty pleasure: an escapist Julia Roberts romance and exotic travelogue.

Full Review Source: Thompson on Hollywood | Original Score: B-

August 11, 2010
Matthew Toomey
ABC Radio Brisbane

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

Full Review Source: ABC Radio Brisbane | Original Score: C+

October 6, 2010
Beth Wilson
Trespass

Give me real emotions of guilt, embarrassment and confusion any day over the forgettable trite this film exudes.

Full Review Source: Trespass

October 5, 2010
Fiona Williams
sbs.com.au

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.

Full Review Source: sbs.com.au | Original Score: 1.5/5

October 7, 2010
Rebecca Barry
Flicks.co.nz

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.

Full Review Source: Flicks.co.nz | Original Score: 2/5

October 13, 2010
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly

Murphy's film version of the story is relentlessly superficial, a slick, empty travelogue propped up only by Roberts' natural charisma.

Full Review Source: Las Vegas Weekly | Original Score: 2/5

August 12, 2010
Alison Gang
San Diego Union-Tribune

Comes off more like a female midlife crisis fantasy than a substantive search for knowledge and inner peace.

Full Review Source: San Diego Union-Tribune | Original Score: 2/4

August 13, 2010
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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Eat Pray Love isn't a bad movie -- just a spiritually dead one, wearing and wearying.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 2.5/4

August 11, 2010
Corey Hall
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

A drive-through take on mid-life spirituality - with lots of food and travel porn

Full Review Source: Metro Times (Detroit, MI) | Original Score: C

August 26, 2010
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

... an irritating, smug film about a horrible person, a narcissistic destroyer of worlds so caught up in romancing her impossibly sensitive self that she doesn't even notice the needless damage she inflicts on her fellow creatures.

Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | Original Score: 78/100

August 13, 2010
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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You can see how it would be fun to spend a year traveling with Gilbert. A lot more fun than spending nearly 2.5 hours watching a movie about it.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 2/4

August 12, 2010
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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An overlong bore that either mistakenly thinks it's something more than a humdrum romance or has incorporated a variety of pretentions as window-dressing.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 1.5/4

August 12, 2010
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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The film is a fairly faithful transcription of events, even though Liz, as played by Roberts, carries a faint air of entitlement. I'm not sure this could be avoided on screen.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 2/4

August 12, 2010
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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The book's internal dialogue, that of a good observer with a lively mind, has turned into the extravagantly external and cloyingly earnest quest of a woman in deep distress.

Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal

August 12, 2010
Henry Fitzherbert
Daily Express

A sparkier and more soul-searching script would have made this a much more satisfying journey.

Full Review Source: Daily Express | Original Score: 2/5

September 27, 2010
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