• PG-13, 2 hr.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Francis Lawrence
    In Theaters:
    Apr 22, 2011 Wide
    On DVD:
    Nov 1, 2011
  • 20th Century Fox

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Water for Elephants Reviews

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Will Leitch
Deadspin

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 Source: Deadspin | Original Score: C

June 23, 2013
Amy Curtis
We Got This Covered

The leads lack chemistry and the movie has a very cookie-cutter love story that was far too predictable.

Full Review Source: We Got This Covered | Original Score: 5/10

April 21, 2013
Roger Moore
McClatchy-Tribune News Service

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 Source: McClatchy-Tribune News Service | Original Score: 2/4

January 11, 2013
Jeff Beck
Examiner.com

"Water for Elephants" is a surprisingly good film that once again shows that first impressions aren't everything.

Full Review Source: Examiner.com | Original Score: 3/4

September 20, 2012
Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com

Effectively hits the right emotional beats with crucially the right amount of restraint.

Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com | Original Score: 3/4

January 30, 2012
James Plath
Movie Metropolis

I love it when a film surprises me.

Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis | Original Score: 7/10

December 29, 2011
Laurence Boyce
The Baltic Times

The film is certainly striking to look at but the story is hackneyed with too much exposition

Full Review Source: The Baltic Times | Original Score: 2/5

December 13, 2011
Eric Melin
Scene-Stealers.com

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 Source: Scene-Stealers.com | Original Score: 2/4

November 16, 2011
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures

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 Source: 7M Pictures | Original Score: 3/5

November 13, 2011
Leah Rozen
TheWrap
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Supporting characters are too hastily sketched in, serving only to further the unsmooth course of true love.

Full Review Source: TheWrap

October 7, 2011
Neil Pond
American Profile

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 Source: American Profile | Original Score: 3/5

September 9, 2011
Sarah Sluis
Film Journal International

All the eye candy of the circus, along with one-dimensional characters and an unfulfilling storyline.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

August 15, 2011
Stella Papamichael
Digital Spy

This is sweet, but it's pure candyfloss.

Full Review Source: Digital Spy | Original Score: 3/5

July 14, 2011
Jim Schembri
The Age (Australia)

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 Source: The Age (Australia) | Original Score: 2.5/5

June 16, 2011
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight

It's a gorgeous film to look at, but far too cliched and limitedly-acted to be much better than average.

Full Review Source: Cinema Sight | Original Score: 2.5/4

June 9, 2011
Grae Drake
Movies.com

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 Source: Movies.com | Original Score: 3/5

June 3, 2011
Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

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 Source: Spectrum (St. George, Utah) | Original Score: B

May 31, 2011
Tim Martain
The Mercury

Water for Elephants has a distinctly daytime movie feel to it, shot in soft, golden tones with an unchallenging plot.

Full Review Source: The Mercury | Original Score: 3/5

May 19, 2011
Rebecca Barry
Flicks.co.nz

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 Source: Flicks.co.nz | Original Score: 3/5

May 16, 2011
Matt Neal
The Standard

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 Source: The Standard | Original Score: 3/5

May 14, 2011
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