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Elizabethtown Reviews

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Joshua Starnes
ComingSoon.net

It's the fashion today for interpersonal dramas to go for bathos and high-stakes emotional conflict as characters cry out their darkest secrets to each other ... but director Cameron Crowe has taken a different tack.

Full Review Source: ComingSoon.net | Original Score: 9/10

March 21, 2011
Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion

Heartfelt and intolerable

Full Review Source: CinePassion

September 1, 2009
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

Though Dunst is a saving grace, it's an awfully clunky, self-indulgent little heap of garbage.

Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed

April 29, 2009
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com

Orlando Bloom gives a typically abysmal performance as a man-boy who doesn't know if he's old enough to shave yet.

Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com | Original Score: C-

April 19, 2009

Awash with sentimentality, this meandering tale falls way short of Crowe's usual standards.

Full Review Source: Film4

April 22, 2008
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
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The hero's nuclear family and kooky rural relatives are so sketchily conceived that none of the intended comedy works, and the balance of the movie is given over to one of Crowe's sugary romances.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

April 22, 2008
Christy Lemire
Associated Press
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So curious, and such a disappointment.

Full Review Source: Associated Press

April 22, 2008
Kam Williams
Upstage Magazine

A meandering mood piece, with no tension, no chemistry, no character development, no plot and no point.

Full Review Source: Upstage Magazine | Original Score: 0/4

May 28, 2007
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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Crowe's capable of much better than this; let's hope he gets back on track with the next one.

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

January 11, 2007
Lisa Ann Cockrel
Christianity Today

The performances are solid . . . but it's Kentucky that really steals the show. Crowe paints the eccentricity of the locals with an affectionate brush.

| Original Score: 3/4

September 22, 2006
Dave Calhoun
Time Out
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The entire enterprise smacks of wish-fulfilment provoked by middle-age male guilt. Uplifting, it most certainly ain't.

Full Review Source: Time Out

June 24, 2006
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena

Embaraçosamente infantil, o filme ainda deixa claro que, além da falta de carisma, Bloom é um ator inexpressivo que não possui o menor timing cômico.

| Original Score: 2/5

April 8, 2006
Simon Braund
Empire Magazine

Crowe is still a master navigator of swampy territory, and any movie that can warm the heart and tickle the funny bone without selling its soul is to be cherished, warts and all.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 4/5

February 1, 2006
Oz
eFilmCritic.com

30 seconds in, it lost me. 3 minutes in, it angered me. 13 minutes in, I wanted to start randomly garotting people in the next row. 23 minutes in, I actually tried to.

Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com | Original Score: 1/5

January 10, 2006
Mark Pfeiffer
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema

With Elizabethtown [Crowe] has made another heartfelt movie shot through with his sensibility. He's also made a gigantic mess, the first directorial misfire in his six-film oeuvre.

Full Review Source: Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema | Original Score: C-

December 9, 2005
JoBlo
JoBlo's Movie Emporium

I was surprised to find myself strolling along the film's basic plotline, not necessarily bowled over by what I was seeing, but not exactly disliking it either.

Full Review Source: JoBlo's Movie Emporium | Original Score: 6/10

December 9, 2005
Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

Crowe has some very good ideas here, many of them interesting and funny, but the story lacks cohesion, focus, and contains one too many scenes that simply fall flat.

Full Review Source: Spectrum (St. George, Utah) | Original Score: C

November 13, 2005
Luis Martinez
Cinenganos

Esta cinta ya la vimos...aún antes de entrar a la sala.

Full Review Source: Cinenganos | Original Score: 2.5/5

November 10, 2005
Todd Gilchrist
IGN Movies

If, as the film suggests, true greatness is defined by the willingness to fail, fail big and still stick around afterwards, then consider Elizabethtown a sweet, melancholy paean to that sad truth.

Full Review Source: IGN Movies | Original Score: 3/5

November 10, 2005

Elizabethtown is rather like an OK mix tape - waves of poignance, whimsy, interrupted by a forced anomaly, & then charm in the next track.

Full Review Source: Cinerina | Original Score: 2.5/5

November 9, 2005
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