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Elizabethtown Reviews

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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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Cameron Crowe has such a great track record that Elizabethtown has to be considered a major disappointment.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 13, 2005
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star

They should have hacked off another half-hour, including the ridiculous ending. The result might have been a disjointed film that made little sense, but then, so is this one.

Full Review Source: Arizona Daily Star | Original Score: 2/4

October 13, 2005
David Foucher
EDGE Boston

The movie gives us nothing productive - save the unfortunate realization that Orlando Bloom can't dance.

Full Review Source: EDGE Boston | Original Score: C-

October 14, 2005
Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion

Heartfelt and intolerable

Full Review Source: CinePassion

September 1, 2009
Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
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The trailer for Elizabethtown hits on every major plot point in the film and is roughly 121 minutes shorter. See that instead.

Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle | Original Score: 1/4

October 14, 2005
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

Elizabethtown sticks to a pattern -- joke, pronouncement about life, meaningful song, repeat -- that becomes irritating and then pretentious and, finally, unbearable.

Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Original Score: 0/4

October 13, 2005
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness

An excruciatingly narcissistic nostalgia trip saturated with writer/director Cameron Crowe's favorite tunes.

Full Review Source: Lessons of Darkness | Original Score: C

October 14, 2005
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
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium

No, Cameron! Not another musical interlude! Please, I'll be good!

Full Review Source: Flipside Movie Emporium | Original Score: D+

October 13, 2005
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review

The movie, for all its pleasant vibes, hits one clunky false note after another. It's almost as if Crowe is deliberately building an unreal universe, a hothouse where his cozy little whimsy can thrive.

Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review | Original Score: 2/5

October 13, 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
Mark R. Leeper
rec.arts.movies.reviews

Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews | Original Score: high 0 out of -4..+4

April 3, 2009
Rebecca Murray
About.com

Elizabethtown tries to be and do too much and never really goes anywhere.

Full Review Source: About.com | Original Score: C

October 14, 2005
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
Brian Marder
Hollywood.com

Full Review Source: Hollywood.com | Original Score: 1.5/4

October 15, 2005
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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Elizabethtown isn't a refuge for the soul, it's a dead end for the senses.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 2/4

October 14, 2005
Christy Lemire
Associated Press
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So curious, and such a disappointment.

Full Review Source: Associated Press

April 22, 2008
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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What ends up on screen is a jumbled, if good-natured, mess.

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

October 13, 2005
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

It conjures up several good ideas and a few good scenes, but nothing ties them together except an equal number of bad scenes and misshapen ideas.

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid | Original Score: 2/4

October 14, 2005
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
Bob Mondello
NPR.org
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October 18, 2008

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October 14, 2005

Boston Phoenix
October 15, 2005

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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October 15, 2005

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October 15, 2005

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January 17, 2006
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