Eat Pray Love Reviews

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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
January 31, 2011
The film version is pure wish-fulfillment fantasy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
September 22, 2010
The movie is aware of its own riches; it fills up your plate and dares you not to eat.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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David Denby
New Yorker
August 23, 2010
We're not so much involved in the movie as idly registering it -- eavesdropping, almost, on a conversation at an adjoining table.
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
August 16, 2010
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."
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
August 13, 2010
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 | Original Score: 1/4
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Jennie Punter
Globe and Mail
August 13, 2010
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 | Original Score: 2/4
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Adam Graham
Detroit News
August 13, 2010
An insane fantasy for rich people.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
August 13, 2010
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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Gail Pennington
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
August 13, 2010
The movie is above all a lovely travelogue, plunging us viscerally into the middle of every country.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Dana Stevens
Slate
August 13, 2010
I stopped trusting the movie.
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Tasha Robinson
AV Club
August 13, 2010
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 | Original Score: C+
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Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
August 13, 2010
For two decades, Julia Roberts has been a bona fide movie star, and she shines in his gorgeous if overlong travelogue.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
August 13, 2010
It's a thin line between "self-aware" and "self-involved" and it's one the movie treads uncertainly.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
August 13, 2010
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
August 13, 2010
Even if you buy Roberts as an introspective writer (I didn't), there's no real sense of an emotional journey here.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
August 13, 2010
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
August 13, 2010
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 | Original Score: 2/4
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
August 12, 2010
A minor and superficial summer diversion that offers female viewers not much more than a two-hour escape fantasy.
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
August 12, 2010
Glibly portrays selfishness as a life choice, ranking gluttony on a par with finding God and a life partner.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
August 12, 2010
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 | Original Score: 3/5
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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.
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
August 12, 2010
Lives are messy. A little mess in the movie wouldn't have hurt at all.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
August 12, 2010
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 | Original Score: 4/5
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
August 12, 2010
Its span may be global, but its scope is modest, and it accepts a certain superficiality as the price of useful insight.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Kristin Tillotson
Minneapolis Star Tribune
August 12, 2010
The film version's biggest challenge? The road to self-discovery is littered with clichés.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
August 12, 2010
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.
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Mary F. Pols
TIME Magazine
August 12, 2010
Watching the relationship between Liz and Felipe evolve from a comforting friendship to a love that's both companionable and sexy is gratifying.
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
August 12, 2010
A well-meant, if not exactly transcendent, adaptation of Elizabeth Gilbert's beloved, Oprah-endorsed memoir.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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
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Karina Longworth
L.A. Weekly
August 12, 2010
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.
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Kathleen Murphy
MSN Movies
August 12, 2010
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 | Original Score: 2/5
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
August 12, 2010
At the moment, the only person eating more delectably in Italy is Tilda Swinton in I Am Love.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
August 12, 2010
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 | Original Score: 2/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
August 11, 2010
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 | Original Score: C+
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
August 11, 2010
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.
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Randy Cordova
Arizona Republic
August 11, 2010
Unlike the book, there's no big emotional breakdown; instead, this is a postcard-pretty case of midlife soul-searching.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
August 11, 2010
A heavily idealized journey of self-discovery with a pretty woman (Julia Roberts), pretty scenery and a pretty shallow view of Eastern spirituality.
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Justin Chang
Variety
August 11, 2010
The food looks great, but the romance is undercooked, and God remains strictly a bit player.
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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