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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
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
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
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
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
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
Scott A. Mantz
Scott Mantz' Movie Reviews
October 21, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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-
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
Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat
October 18, 2005
Elizabethtown is a wonderful comedy/drama about those moments in life when you get lost and have to find your way back again.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Top Critic
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
October 17, 2005
Cameron Crowe is a romantic at heart and there's nothing wrong with that.
Audrey Rock-Richardson
Tooele Transcript-Bulletin (Utah)
October 17, 2005
A full-hearted celebration of both film and music and a skillful homage to the melancholy beauty of life.
Full Review| Original Score: A-
October 17, 2005
It's rich and enjoyable, not unlike a dessert served at a good ol' southern wake. It may not work for everyone, but for us the map of this film leads to a remarkable journey.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
October 16, 2005
Sets an affable mood but is saddled with a slight and pointless story.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Top Critic
Keith Phipps
AV Club
October 15, 2005
It's a mess, but one that's completely compelling on its own misguided, achingly sincere terms.
Eric Lurio
Greenwich Village Gazette
October 15, 2005
the sum of the parts are far greater than the whole
| Original Score: 3/5

October 15, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 14, 2005
[I]f you're open to the experience, Elizabethtown is one of the sweetest, funniest and better films of the year.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.9/10
Kevin N. Laforest
Montreal Film Journal
October 14, 2005
Happy tears, sad laughs, and when it ends, you genuinely miss the characters. Ain't that the best thing you could say about a movie?
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Forrest Hartman
Reno Gazette-Journal
October 14, 2005
Elizabethtown, the movie, quietly nudges us toward the simple -- and important -- things in life. Family, friends, food, music.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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