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Elizabethtown Reviews

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
August 18, 2014
Much maligned but surprisingly entertaining...
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Joshua Starnes
ComingSoon.net
March 21, 2011
It's the fashion today for interpersonal dramas to go for bathos and high-stakes emotional conflict as characters cry out their darkest secrets to each other ... but director Cameron Crowe has taken a different tack.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion
September 1, 2009
Heartfelt and intolerable
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
Though Dunst is a saving grace, it's an awfully clunky, self-indulgent little heap of garbage.
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
April 19, 2009
Orlando Bloom gives a typically abysmal performance as a man-boy who doesn't know if he's old enough to shave yet.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
April 22, 2008
Awash with sentimentality, this meandering tale falls way short of Crowe's usual standards.
Top Critic
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
April 22, 2008
The hero's nuclear family and kooky rural relatives are so sketchily conceived that none of the intended comedy works, and the balance of the movie is given over to one of Crowe's sugary romances.
Top Critic
Christy Lemire
Associated Press
April 22, 2008
So curious, and such a disappointment.
Kam Williams
Upstage Magazine
May 28, 2007
A meandering mood piece, with no tension, no chemistry, no character development, no plot and no point.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
January 11, 2007
Crowe's capable of much better than this; let's hope he gets back on track with the next one.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Lisa Ann Cockrel
Christianity Today
September 22, 2006
The performances are solid . . . but it's Kentucky that really steals the show. Crowe paints the eccentricity of the locals with an affectionate brush.
| Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
Dave Calhoun
Time Out
June 24, 2006
The entire enterprise smacks of wish-fulfilment provoked by middle-age male guilt. Uplifting, it most certainly ain't.
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
April 8, 2006
Embaraçosamente infantil, o filme ainda deixa claro que, além da falta de carisma, Bloom é um ator inexpressivo que não possui o menor timing cômico.
| Original Score: 2/5
Simon Braund
Empire Magazine
February 1, 2006
Crowe is still a master navigator of swampy territory, and any movie that can warm the heart and tickle the funny bone without selling its soul is to be cherished, warts and all.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Oz
eFilmCritic.com
January 10, 2006
30 seconds in, it lost me. 3 minutes in, it angered me. 13 minutes in, I wanted to start randomly garotting people in the next row. 23 minutes in, I actually tried to.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Mark Pfeiffer
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
December 9, 2005
With Elizabethtown [Crowe] has made another heartfelt movie shot through with his sensibility. He's also made a gigantic mess, the first directorial misfire in his six-film oeuvre.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
JoBlo
JoBlo's Movie Emporium
December 9, 2005
I was surprised to find myself strolling along the film's basic plotline, not necessarily bowled over by what I was seeing, but not exactly disliking it either.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
November 13, 2005
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.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Luis Martinez
Cinenganos
November 10, 2005
Esta cinta ya la vimos...aún antes de entrar a la sala.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Todd Gilchrist
IGN Movies
November 10, 2005
If, as the film suggests, true greatness is defined by the willingness to fail, fail big and still stick around afterwards, then consider Elizabethtown a sweet, melancholy paean to that sad truth.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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