• 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

Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
Top Critic
January 31, 2011

The film version is pure wish-fulfillment fantasy.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
Top Critic
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
David Denby
New Yorker
Top Critic
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.

Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out New York
Top Critic
August 18, 2010

The movie is completely aware of its own riches; it fills up your plate and dares you not to eat.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic
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."

Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
Top Critic
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
Jennie Punter
Globe and Mail
Top Critic
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
Adam Graham
Detroit News
Top Critic
August 13, 2010

An insane fantasy for rich people.

Full Review | Original Score: C
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
Top Critic
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
Gail Pennington
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Top Critic
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
Dana Stevens
Slate
Top Critic
August 13, 2010

I stopped trusting the movie.

Tasha Robinson
AV Club
Top Critic
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+
Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
Top Critic
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
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
Top Critic
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
Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
Top Critic
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
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
Top Critic
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
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic
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
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
Top Critic
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
Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
Top Critic
August 12, 2010

A minor and superficial summer diversion that offers female viewers not much more than a two-hour escape fantasy.

Peter Howell
Toronto Star
Top Critic
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
Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic
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
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.

Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic
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
Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
Top Critic
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
A.O. Scott
New York Times
Top Critic
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
Kristin Tillotson
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic
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
Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
Top Critic
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.

Mary F. Pols
TIME Magazine
Top Critic
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.

Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
Top Critic
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
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
Karina Longworth
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic
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.

Kathleen Murphy
MSN Movies
Top Critic
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
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
Top Critic
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
Claudia Puig
USA Today
Top Critic
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
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
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
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic
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+
Christy Lemire
Associated Press
Top Critic
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.

Randy Cordova
Arizona Republic
Top Critic
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
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic
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.

Justin Chang
Variety
Top Critic
August 11, 2010

The food looks great, but the romance is undercooked, and God remains strictly a bit player.

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