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Elizabethtown Reviews

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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.
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
April 22, 2008
So curious, and such a disappointment.
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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
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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.
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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
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David Denby
New Yorker
October 18, 2005
Leaves one adrift on a raft of morose questions. How could this vacuous movie have got made? Didn't anyone at Paramount, which paid for the film, read the script? And also: What in the world has happened to Cameron Crowe?
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
October 17, 2005
Cameron Crowe is a romantic at heart and there's nothing wrong with that.
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Keith Phipps
AV Club
October 15, 2005
It's a mess, but one that's completely compelling on its own misguided, achingly sincere terms.
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
October 14, 2005
Elizabethtown never quite feels like itself, whatever that self might be; it's as if another, subtly but significantly different movie were desperately trying to break through its skin.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
October 14, 2005
To swallow Elizabethtown without experiencing a sharp tummy cramp of disbelief, you have to accept Orlando Bloom as a tormented soul.
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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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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
October 14, 2005
Not even the soundtrack can save this Crowe effort.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
October 14, 2005
But as messy, unfocused and rambling as this is, fundamentally flawed as any movie about loss that doesn't let its characters or its viewers feel that loss, it's still a most-enjoyable mess to sit through, a Southern-fried Garden State.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
October 14, 2005
Like most journeys, Elizabethtown could have used a bit more planning; its detours make backseat drivers of us all.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
October 14, 2005
Choppily edited and only sporadically funny.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
October 14, 2005
Whether Elizabethtown proves to be Crowe's Johnstown or just a run-of- the-mill flood, it's still a soggy mess.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
October 14, 2005
It's an awfully self-indulgent picture, but Crowe's indulgences pay off beautifully.
| Original Score: 3/4
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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
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
October 14, 2005
This is a bona fide, absolute, unmitigated fiasco.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
October 14, 2005
This, folks, is not entertainment.
| Original Score: D+
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
October 14, 2005
Cameron Crowe's romantic comedy Elizabethtown is a mess, but it's such an amiable, bighearted mess that it manages to remain entertaining even as it's going hopelessly astray.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
October 14, 2005
It's not easy to be life-affirming and satirical in the same breath, and Crowe can't quite manage the job.
| Original Score: D+
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Michael Booth
Denver Post
October 14, 2005
Plot development in Elizabethtown comes purely because the script says it must, not because the actors or the story make it seem probable.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
October 14, 2005
The movie feels long and strangely derivative of [Crowe's] other, better work.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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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
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Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times
October 13, 2005
It's the opposite of the quick commute of the average commercial movie. It's a meandering road trip instead.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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October 13, 2005
Elizabethtown needed a raffish, Preston Sturges-esque ensemble to offset the corn.
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
October 13, 2005
Just as we're reaching for our coats so we can beat the rush to the parking lot, the movie launches a new chapter.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
October 13, 2005
A dreary, self-indulgent, overscripted train wreck of a film.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
October 13, 2005
Cameron Crowe's tale of romance and redemptions struggles to sustain a tone of bittersweet whimsy, but its emotions are in the end as undercooked as its ideas.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
October 13, 2005
The film's golden moments run the gamut from warmhearted to satirical, but a sense of incompletion hampers their effect.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
October 13, 2005
Elizabethtown is scaled big but the experience is curiously uninvolving.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 13, 2005
In its trimmed version, Elizabethtown is nowhere near one of Crowe's great films (like Almost Famous), but it is sweet and good-hearted and has some real laughs.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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John Patterson
L.A. Weekly
October 13, 2005
Crowe's undeniable gifts -- his well-crafted individual scenes and his love for his characters -- are more evident here than his flaws.
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
October 13, 2005
It must have required a lot of chutzpah on Crowe's part to couch that quest in a meditation on the differences between failure and fiasco. When an endeavor goes as spectacularly awry as Elizabethtown, the point is moot.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
October 13, 2005
[A] hugely disappointing film, which goes beyond blunder into something akin to meltdown.
| Original Score: D-
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
October 12, 2005
Think of Elizabethtown as Cameron Crowe's rambling amateur travelogue, one from a well-liked professional filmmaker momentarily so distracted by private notes scrawled on his souvenir map that he gets lost en route to telling his story.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Laura Sinagra
Village Voice
October 11, 2005
It's not a fiasco, but as the voiceover admits, anyone can fail.
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
October 6, 2005
It dares you to care about any of its people or incidents or sentiments, foisting the characters' little comic quirks on the audience like they're fenced goods.
| Original Score: 1/4
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Ray Bennett
Hollywood Reporter
September 6, 2005
Tedious humor and sentimentality bury what could have been a pretty good road picture.
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Leslie Felperin
Variety
September 6, 2005
Lacks the narrative drive one finds in the classic comedies of Preston Sturges, Frank Capra and Billy Wilder, whom Crowe always seems to try to emulate.