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Elegy (2008)

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Critic Consensus: An intelligent, adult, and provocative Philip Roth adaptation that features classy performances, Elegy is never quite the sum of its parts.

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Adapted from author Philip Roth's novel The Dying Animal, director Isabel Coixet's elegant tale of obsession explores the relationship between a highly respected professor (Ben Kingsley) and an impossibly gorgeous grad student (Penélope Cruz). As their relationship deepens, the professor finds his ego challenged by the girl's enchanting beauty. Dennis Hopper and Patricia Clarkson co-star.

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Cast

Penelope Cruz
as Consuela Castillo
Ben Kingsley
as David Kepesh
Peter Sarsgaard
as Kenneth Kepesh
Dennis Hopper
as George O'Hearn
Deborah Harry
as Amy O'Hearn
Antonio Cupo
as Younger Man
Michelle Harrison
as 2nd Student
Chelah Horsdal
as Susan Reese
Marci T. House
as Administration Nurse
Emily Holmes
as 1st Student
Alessandro Juliani
as Actor #3 in Play
Tiffany Lyndall-Knight
as Actor #2 in Play
Andre Lamal
as Talk Show Host
Kris Pope
as Consuela's Brother
Julian Richings
as Actor in Play #1
Tania Saulnier
as George's Girlfriend
Laura Mennell
as Cute Girl
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Critic Reviews for Elegy

All Critics (115) | Top Critics (35)

With his fierce, impeccable craft Kingsley shows us around David's tortured, preening, desperate psyche.

November 10, 2008 | Full Review…
Film.com
Top Critic

Sparse, low-budget drama, helmed by Spaniard Isabel Coixet, intelligently translates Roth's meditation on lust and mortality without soft-pedaling its narrator's brutally honest, unabashedly sexist views.

October 18, 2008 | Full Review…
Variety
Top Critic

Penelope Cruz is outstanding in an otherwise lame male fantasy.

October 18, 2008
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

Elegy is a rare treat: a serious film that, thanks to Kingsley and the rest, doesn't seem to take itself too seriously.

September 4, 2008 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…
Arizona Republic
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A remarkable example of the actor at his best -- conveying wounded hurt or burning hunger with a glance.

August 29, 2008 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
Newark Star-Ledger
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Elegy gives Ben Kingsley one of the best roles of his career.

August 22, 2008 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
Chicago Reader
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Audience Reviews for Elegy

½

I liked it despite it's relatively low rating. It portrays the raw and sharp edges of lust and love. Kingsley is charming and Penelope is as beautiful as ever!

Saskia D.
Saskia D.

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I had initially rated Elegy much higher than this, but have changed that now with the review. I watched the film a couple weeks ago - and enjoyed it - but the thing is that absolutely nothing stuck around; there is absolutely nothing particularly remarkable about the film. Penelope Cruz is charming, feisty, and vivacious, but what else is new? The only other thing I remember at all, is that Ben Kingsley's character is terrible. I mean, he is convincing enough, but just completely dislikable. I'm not really that fond of Philip Roth's work in general. He's a bit of an old perv and that really shines through in his male characters - especially those professors who sleep with all their students, while cheating on their mistress. It's all overtly sexual, but not in a shocking way and not in an erotic way either. It's just kinky. The only problem with Miss. Cruz according to Mr. Kingsley is that she doesn't just love him for his stick. God forbid that she actually likes him as a person! And those are the three things to note about Elegy. So, I guess the film is watchable, but it is extremely flawed. Really there are more flaws than anything to pick apart to praise. There just isn't anything left.

Jake ....
Jake ....

Super Reviewer

This movie suxs, during first 30 min was going to give it 1 star, but as it continued and it kept hitting closer to home. Nothing short of 4 stars.

Bruce Bruce
Bruce Bruce

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