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

Eat Pray Love Reviews

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Will Chadwick
We Got This Covered
November 9, 2013

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 | Original Score: 3/10
Joshua Starnes
ComingSoon.net
March 21, 2011

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 | Original Score: 5/10
Simon Miraudo
Quickflix
October 21, 2010

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 | Original Score: 2/5
Christopher Lloyd
Sarasota Herald-Tribune
September 2, 2010

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 | Original Score: 2/4
David Sexton
This is London
September 29, 2010

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

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Anne Thompson
Thompson on Hollywood
August 11, 2010

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 | Original Score: B-
Matthew Toomey
ABC Radio Brisbane
October 6, 2010

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

Full Review | Original Score: C+
Beth Wilson
Trespass
October 5, 2010

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

Fiona Williams
sbs.com.au
October 7, 2010

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 | Original Score: 1.5/5
Rebecca Barry
Flicks.co.nz
October 13, 2010

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 | Original Score: 2/5
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
August 12, 2010

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

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Alison Gang
San Diego Union-Tribune
August 13, 2010

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

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic
August 11, 2010

Eat Pray Love isn't a bad movie -- just a spiritually dead one, wearing and wearying.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Corey Hall
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
August 26, 2010

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

Full Review | Original Score: C
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
August 13, 2010

... 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 | Original Score: 78/100
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic
August 12, 2010

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 | Original Score: 2/4
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
Top Critic
August 12, 2010

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 | Original Score: 1.5/4
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic
August 12, 2010

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 | Original Score: 2/4
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
Top Critic
August 12, 2010

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.

Henry Fitzherbert
Daily Express
September 27, 2010

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

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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