Water for Elephants Reviews

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Will Leitch
June 23, 2013
This movie doesn't have half the imagination of even the most subpar circus and, all told, I think it even has fewer elephants.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Amy Curtis
We Got This Covered
April 21, 2013
The leads lack chemistry and the movie has a very cookie-cutter love story that was far too predictable.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Roger Moore
Tribune News Service
January 11, 2013
Whatever romance Gruen summoned forth from this rough and tumble world of show people living by their own laws in a traveling, self-contained world of poverty and cruelty, director Francis Lawrence has hacked and ground it off.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jeff Beck
September 20, 2012
"Water for Elephants" is a surprisingly good film that once again shows that first impressions aren't everything.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Michael Dequina
January 30, 2012
Effectively hits the right emotional beats with crucially the right amount of restraint.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
James Plath
Movie Metropolis
December 29, 2011
I love it when a film surprises me.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Laurence Boyce
The Baltic Times
December 13, 2011
The film is certainly striking to look at but the story is hackneyed with too much exposition
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Eric Melin
November 16, 2011
It plays like a book with half of its pages ripped out. It moves quickly enough, but it's never convincing and the actors never get much to chew on. The end result isn't really a 'whirlwind' romance; it's more like a tumbleweed.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
November 13, 2011
The real appeal of this movie is the epic backdrop of the 1930s-era train circus. This is where the special effects and costuming budget went.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Leah Rozen
October 7, 2011
Supporting characters are too hastily sketched in, serving only to further the unsmooth course of true love.
Neil Pond
American Profile
September 9, 2011
Pattinson and Witherspoon may be the movie's heart, but Christoph Waltz provides the hydropower that drives Water For Elephants to its explosive, destructive conclusion.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Sarah Sluis
Film Journal International
August 15, 2011
All the eye candy of the circus, along with one-dimensional characters and an unfulfilling storyline.
Stella Papamichael
Digital Spy
July 14, 2011
This is sweet, but it's pure candyfloss.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jim Schembri
The Age (Australia)
June 16, 2011
There's no doubting the luscious detail and feel for the period, but the love triangle that inevitable kicks in is a little too rote, even for those in a forgiving mood.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight
June 9, 2011
It's a gorgeous film to look at, but far too cliched and limitedly-acted to be much better than average.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Grae Drake
June 3, 2011
This is the kind of old-fashioned sweeping romance that would have played the bottom half of a double-bill in the 1940.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
May 31, 2011
Makes a case as a worthy adaptation of a good novel but the jury is still out on whether Mr. Pattinson can be more than a brooding vampire.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Tim Martain
The Mercury
May 19, 2011
Water for Elephants has a distinctly daytime movie feel to it, shot in soft, golden tones with an unchallenging plot.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Rebecca Barry
May 16, 2011
It's a fast-paced adventure tale like they used to make 'em, a slice of old-fashioned Hollywood that traverses tragedy, romance and exotic travel.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matt Neal
The Standard
May 14, 2011
Circuses have thankfully changed a lot since 1931 (when this is predominantly set) but it's a fascinating time and place to visit and a lot of the appeal of Water For Elephants comes from its setting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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