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Elizabethtown Reviews

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Top Critic
James Berardinelli
October 13, 2005
Cameron Crowe has such a great track record that Elizabethtown has to be considered a major disappointment.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
October 13, 2005
They should have hacked off another half-hour, including the ridiculous ending. The result might have been a disjointed film that made little sense, but then, so is this one.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
David Foucher
EDGE Boston
October 14, 2005
The movie gives us nothing productive - save the unfortunate realization that Orlando Bloom can't dance.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Fernando F. Croce
September 1, 2009
Heartfelt and intolerable
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
October 14, 2005
The trailer for Elizabethtown hits on every major plot point in the film and is roughly 121 minutes shorter. See that instead.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
October 13, 2005
Elizabethtown sticks to a pattern -- joke, pronouncement about life, meaningful song, repeat -- that becomes irritating and then pretentious and, finally, unbearable.
| Original Score: 0/4
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
October 14, 2005
An excruciatingly narcissistic nostalgia trip saturated with writer/director Cameron Crowe's favorite tunes.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
October 13, 2005
No, Cameron! Not another musical interlude! Please, I'll be good!
Full Review | Original Score: D+
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
October 13, 2005
The movie, for all its pleasant vibes, hits one clunky false note after another. It's almost as if Crowe is deliberately building an unreal universe, a hothouse where his cozy little whimsy can thrive.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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
Mark R. Leeper
April 3, 2009
Full Review | Original Score: high 0 out of -4..+4
Rebecca Murray
October 14, 2005
Elizabethtown tries to be and do too much and never really goes anywhere.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Cole Smithey
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-
Brian Marder
October 15, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
October 14, 2005
Elizabethtown isn't a refuge for the soul, it's a dead end for the senses.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
April 22, 2008
So curious, and such a disappointment.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
October 13, 2005
What ends up on screen is a jumbled, if good-natured, mess.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
October 14, 2005
It conjures up several good ideas and a few good scenes, but nothing ties them together except an equal number of bad scenes and misshapen ideas.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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.
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