• 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

Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
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The film version is pure wish-fulfillment fantasy.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 3/4

January 31, 2011
Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
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The movie is aware of its own riches; it fills up your plate and dares you not to eat.

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 4/5

September 22, 2010
David Denby
New Yorker
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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.

Full Review Source: New Yorker

August 23, 2010
Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out New York
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The movie is completely aware of its own riches; it fills up your plate and dares you not to eat.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 4/5

August 18, 2010
David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
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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."

Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture

August 16, 2010
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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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.

Full Review Source: Rolling Stone | Original Score: 1/4

August 13, 2010
Jennie Punter
Globe and Mail
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Eat Pray Love is like an overstuffed lightweight suitcase, with little room for us to feel the emotional connections Liz makes with new friends along the way.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2/4

August 13, 2010
Adam Graham
Detroit News
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An insane fantasy for rich people.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: C

August 13, 2010
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
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It may come as a bit of a shock to some that the most interesting turns in the woman-on-a-quest sojourn don't belong to Roberts, luminous though she is. Those are owned by a number of misty-eyed if masculine menfolk.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 3/4

August 13, 2010
Gail Pennington
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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The movie is above all a lovely travelogue, plunging us viscerally into the middle of every country.

Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Original Score: 2.5/4

August 13, 2010
Dana Stevens
Slate
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I stopped trusting the movie.

Full Review Source: Slate

August 13, 2010
Tasha Robinson
AV Club
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It's all external trappings trying to express internal developments, and the movie's hand-holding stridency just emphasizes the artificiality of its fantasy.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: C+

August 13, 2010
Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
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For two decades, Julia Roberts has been a bona fide movie star, and she shines in his gorgeous if overlong travelogue.

Full Review Source: Richard Roeper.com | Original Score: 4/5

August 13, 2010
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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It's a thin line between "self-aware" and "self-involved" and it's one the movie treads uncertainly.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 2.5/4

August 13, 2010
Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
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The film's most crucial constituency -- the book's rabid fans -- are likely to feel well served by Murphy's adaptation, which hews pretty faithfully to Gilbert's story.

Full Review Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 2.5/4

August 13, 2010
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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Even if you buy Roberts as an introspective writer (I didn't), there's no real sense of an emotional journey here.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 1.5/4

August 13, 2010
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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It's about something important, the search for meaning and happiness, about finding one's inner life amid the clutter and confusion of modern existence.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

August 13, 2010
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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Eat Pray Love is mostly a slog; never giving us a compelling reason why its heroine does what she does, or how she became quite so tiresomely self- absorbed.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 2/4

August 13, 2010
Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
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A minor and superficial summer diversion that offers female viewers not much more than a two-hour escape fantasy.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

August 12, 2010
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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Glibly portrays selfishness as a life choice, ranking gluttony on a par with finding God and a life partner.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 1.5/4

August 12, 2010
Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
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It helps that Roberts rides all the turbulent waves with such ease and such grace, that Jenkins knows exactly what to do with his internal churn, and that Bardem can do no wrong.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 3/5

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
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Lives are messy. A little mess in the movie wouldn't have hurt at all.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 2.5/4

August 12, 2010
Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
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Roberts is the obvious focus here, but she's enough of a pro to get out of the way and let a scene be stolen.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: 4/5

August 12, 2010
A.O. Scott
New York Times
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Its span may be global, but its scope is modest, and it accepts a certain superficiality as the price of useful insight.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 3.5/5

August 12, 2010
Kristin Tillotson
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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The film version's biggest challenge? The road to self-discovery is littered with clichés.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 2.5/4

August 12, 2010
Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
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Only hard-core fans of Oprah's BFF will be able to stomach this navel-gazing tripe, which posits "me-first" consumerism as the road to happiness.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

August 12, 2010
Mary F. Pols
TIME Magazine
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Watching the relationship between Liz and Felipe evolve from a comforting friendship to a love that's both companionable and sexy is gratifying.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

August 12, 2010
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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A well-meant, if not exactly transcendent, adaptation of Elizabeth Gilbert's beloved, Oprah-endorsed memoir.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 3/5

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
Karina Longworth
L.A. Weekly
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Politics and economics hardly exist; each place is populated chiefly by wise exotics who talk funny (including Richard Jenkins' Texan in the ashram) and exist solely to spout slogans and tell stories that make Liz's problems seem small.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

August 12, 2010
Kathleen Murphy
MSN Movies
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Mostly it's the pleasant company of Julia Roberts that makes Eat Pray Love a benign, sometimes soporific slide into femme fantasy -- a less vulgar shopping trip than Sex and the City 2.

Full Review Source: MSN Movies | Original Score: 2/5

August 12, 2010
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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At the moment, the only person eating more delectably in Italy is Tilda Swinton in I Am Love.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 3/4

August 12, 2010
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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Though there are a handful of funny lines, the deeper observations are facile. The whole journey feels like a rich girl gone slumming.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 2/4

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
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
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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If only Roberts' warmth, coupled with Javier Bardem's scruffy sexiness as Felipe, were enough to compensate for the folded-map flatness of this production.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: C+

August 11, 2010
Christy Lemire
Associated Press
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It provides a gorgeous escape, exquisitely photographed and full of female wish fulfillment. Yet it also offers sufficient emotional heft and self-discovery to make you feel as if you've actually learned something.

Full Review Source: Associated Press

August 11, 2010
Randy Cordova
Arizona Republic
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Unlike the book, there's no big emotional breakdown; instead, this is a postcard-pretty case of midlife soul-searching.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 2.5/5

August 11, 2010
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
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A heavily idealized journey of self-discovery with a pretty woman (Julia Roberts), pretty scenery and a pretty shallow view of Eastern spirituality.

Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter

August 11, 2010
Justin Chang
Variety
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The food looks great, but the romance is undercooked, and God remains strictly a bit player.

Full Review Source: Variety

August 11, 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
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