Cameron Crowe has such a great track record that Elizabethtown has to be considered a major disappointment.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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.
| Original Score: 2/4
The movie gives us nothing productive - save the unfortunate realization that Orlando Bloom can't dance.
| Original Score: C-
Heartfelt and intolerable
The trailer for Elizabethtown hits on every major plot point in the film and is roughly 121 minutes shorter. See that instead.
| Original Score: 1/4
Elizabethtown sticks to a pattern -- joke, pronouncement about life, meaningful song, repeat -- that becomes irritating and then pretentious and, finally, unbearable.
| Original Score: 0/4
An excruciatingly narcissistic nostalgia trip saturated with writer/director Cameron Crowe's favorite tunes.
| Original Score: C
A meandering mood piece, with no tension, no chemistry, no character development, no plot and no point.
No, Cameron! Not another musical interlude! Please, I'll be good!
| Original Score: D+
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.
| Original Score: 2/5
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.
| Original Score: high 0 out of -4..+4
Elizabethtown tries to be and do too much and never really goes anywhere.
Orlando Bloom gives a typically abysmal performance as a man-boy who doesn't know if he's old enough to shave yet.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
Elizabethtown isn't a refuge for the soul, it's a dead end for the senses.
So curious, and such a disappointment.
What ends up on screen is a jumbled, if good-natured, mess.
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.
Though Dunst is a saving grace, it's an awfully clunky, self-indulgent little heap of garbage.