Elegy - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Elegy Reviews

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August 28, 2008
Remarkably dour and unsexy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
August 8, 2008
A slow, uninteresting depiction of a selfish fool who possibly too-late realizes that he's grown old before he's actually grown up.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
August 7, 2008
A flat, joyless affair.
August 22, 2008
Elegy is a well-made movie, with several revelatory performances (including Deborah Harry's quiet work as Hopper's wife), but the main character is so unappealing, that's what I was left with: Who cares?
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
August 28, 2008
The high-minded philosophical discussions feel like posturing, like the movie is trying a little too hard to earn that "prestige" title.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
August 8, 2008
The movie dog days of August can include dramas, as this abashed adaptation of a Philip Roth novel shows.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
August 8, 2008
Elegy is such a serious, oftentimes grave exploration of desire and the ways of aging that it's a miracle the two central characters have as much sex as they do.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
March 14, 2009
Penelope's gullible college coed swoons when the lecherous lecturer played by Ben Kingsley confesses that he's fallen in love with her breasts. You've come a long way backwards, baby. Penelope Cruz Boob Fetish Blues.
August 30, 2008
Kingsley and Cruz both give performances that rank among the best of their recent careers...all by themselves making a terrifically flat movie seem marginally human.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
August 8, 2008
Elegy makes us question again the cinema's ability, without loss of heat and light, to translate Roth's subtle, high-voltage prose from page to screen.
August 22, 2008
By failing to properly transform Roth's unique voice from the page to the screen, all that remains is a fairly embarrassing and horribly mawkish soap opera that, save for one key element, is pretty much a wash from beginning to end.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
September 5, 2008
... another Hollywood-delivered message declaring the ultimate rightness of romantic love between a 65-year-old man and a woman who is decades younger.
August 8, 2008
This beautifully directed film is packed with serious, provocative themes. But a mopey tone and some wobbly casting undermines the otherwise terrific acting.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
August 8, 2008
The big flaw with director Isabel Coixet's adaptation of Philip Roth's short novel The Dying Animal is the sheer unlikelihood of Cruz's Consuela falling for a randy old goat like Kingsley's Kepesh.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
October 18, 2008
Penelope Cruz is outstanding in an otherwise lame male fantasy.
August 29, 2008
A male-flattering romantic/tragic fantasy for mature intellectuals unable to identify with the young man's fantasies of Judd Apatow movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 16, 2008
Its tone and style, unfortunately, have little to do with the novella it adapts.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
August 8, 2008
Elegy seems to mourn for the wrong things, making its self-examining characters seem merely narcissistic and more than a little pathetic.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
September 4, 2008
You'd think screenwriter Nicholas Meyer would know better.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
August 8, 2008
This fails to do justice to Roth's formidable prose.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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