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Elizabethtown Reviews

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November 9, 2005
Elizabethtown is rather like an OK mix tape - waves of poignance, whimsy, interrupted by a forced anomaly, & then charm in the next track.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Matthew Turner
October 29, 2005
Sentimental hogwash
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
October 29, 2005
Despite all his best intentions and last-minute editing, Cameron Crowe's free-flow romanticism may have finally gotten the better of him.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
October 29, 2005
Cameron Crowe's heart is in the right place, but Elizabethtown probably works better as a tribute to his late father than the uplifting romantic comedy to which he aspires.
Dan Marcucci and Nancy Serougi
Broomfield Enterprise
October 26, 2005
There's nothing quite like a death in the family to evoke romantic feelings and comedic chuckles in all of us.
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Thomas Peyser
Style Weekly (Richmond, VA)
October 26, 2005
Relentlessly lumbering, tone-deaf and even, by the end, a little repellent.
Mark Palermo
The Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
October 25, 2005
Elizabethtown is aggressive in its need to be loved. The effect of watching it is to witness over two hours of a movie hugging itself.
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October 25, 2005
It's the too-cute contrivances on which the story is built that mean it's always teetering on the verge of collapse.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
October 22, 2005
It's both strongly involving and a bit too clever for its own good.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Ethan Alter
Film Journal International
October 22, 2005
The magic just isn't there.
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle
October 22, 2005
You can't go home again, but if you do, you'd better discover yourself in the process or risk consignment to the slush pile of cinematic also-rans.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Top Critic
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
October 22, 2005
The film's problems lie with the lack of spark between a wired Dunst and a bland Bloom.
| Original Score: 2/4
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
October 21, 2005
An off-the-map disaster...the New Orleans of 2005 movies.
John Wirt
Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
October 21, 2005
An epic of feel-goodness that can't find the exit.
Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)
October 20, 2005
A warm and fuzzy parable about failure and redemption, life and death, love won and love lost, love hanging in the balance. And yet it doesn't hang itself--well, not quite.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Angela Baldassarre
October 20, 2005
It's mind-boggling how Cameron Crowe got this one wrong.
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
October 20, 2005
Rarely has a film managed to be this maddeningly meandering, forced, unbelievable and, ultimately, phony and uninvolving.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
John Thomason
Orlando Weekly
October 20, 2005
Covering for the clear lack of narrative meat, Crowe piles on as many sloppily contrived 'movie moments' as he can.
Steven Snyder
Zertinet Movies
October 19, 2005
All of these are rich and resonant because of Crowe's script, his direction and his ideas.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Linda Cook
KWQC-TV (Iowa)
October 18, 2005
What makes fantastic directors sometimes head south...quite literally?
Full Review| Original Score: 2/4
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