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Elizabethtown Reviews

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½ July 15, 2017
It's an actually a rather interesting movie.
November 29, 2016
A disappointing movie.
November 11, 2016
This movie is amazing. It cheers me up any time I'm blue. RUCKUS
September 5, 2016
Great movie. Rock bottom is the beginning of this story, but the main character's spirit lifts through a reunion with estranged family.The female lead is perhaps not realistic, more of a metaphor. She is a foil of a character that brings hope and laughter to a defeated soul.
½ August 13, 2016
This movie is a turd. No, wait, this movie gives turds a bad name. It has zero direction and seems to be trying to mooch off of the plot of Jerry McGuire. I'm ashamed for mankind when I read comments about how this movie is "relatable" and "down to earth" and "realistic". Answer me this, HOW MANY FUCKING TIMES HAS AN AIR PLANE EVER BEEN EMPTY AND WHEN HAS A FLIGHT ATTENDANT EVER SAID MORE THAN 5 WORDS TO ANY SINGLE PASSANGER!!!! WHY THE FUCK WOULD A SHOE COMPANY BE FUNDING A WILDLIFE REFUGE COMPANY?!?!?!?!? MAKES ZERO SENSE!!!!!! Fuck this movie. I can't fathom how 66% of people like this shit...
½ July 28, 2016
One of those movies you can relate to if you're from Kentucky and have that "we're your roots" family. The music is superb, and Susan Sarandon's scene towards the end is not to be missed. Forever one of my favorites.
½ July 11, 2016
I loved this movie. It was sad, funny and very real. The ending was perfect.
June 5, 2016
One of our favorites. Usually watch it several times a year.
½ May 15, 2016
I was told to read the screenplay to this film by an industry professional who claimed the script was far better than the movie. I wasn't expecting much, but she was right. The script was pretty good. I certainly don't think it was "one of the most brilliant contemporary screenplays", as she put it, but it was really good. Unfortunately, "Elizabethtown" is more of a how to squander a good script in every way instructional guide than it is an entertaining piece of cinema. A decent (if not convoluted) plot and likable characters are ruined by poor direction, bad editing and annoying performances as well as a soundtrack that doesn't seem to jive with the film's boring imagery. The casting was very, very bad, but it was the editing that really killed the movie. Granted, the screenplay was a little long, so heavy editing was needed. It was the editing choices that were the problem. It was off-kilter and weird. It's just unfortunate seeing as how the full, unedited screenplay is actually pretty good.
February 16, 2016
This is a movie that has been on my to watch list for longer than I can remember. It sat and patiently waited in my Netflix list until it had its moment to shine. Elizabethtown was more than I ever could have imagined. I regret not taking the time to see it sooner.
It takes a lot for me to completely fall in love with a movie. I am a picky filmmaker who jumps at the chance to criticize and change. And I can honestly say there isn't a single thing wrong with this movie. I realized long before it was even over that this would squeeze its way into the short list of my favorite movies of all time. With every second it got better and better.
I can't even put my finger on why I loved it so much. It reminded me of when I was a teenager without a care in the world. It reminded me of my love of adventure. It reminded me of why I love spontaneity and people who light up a whole room without even trying. It reminded me to live.
One of these days when you are feeling down or out of sorts or even just tired of the everyday routine, put on Elizabethtown. Don't you dare pick up your phone or get distracted. Just watch, really watch. Feel and experience this movie for all it has to offer. There isn't a single boring moment. It's something special.
January 7, 2016
I understand why this film gets a lot of hate; it is definitely not one of Cameron Crowe's best films, in fact, it's probably the most sentimental film of his. Some of the dialogue sounds odd and Kirsten Dunst's character sometimes really gets on my nerve (not because she is annoying, but because it's an unrealistic character). However, it is not without charm. I actually like Orlando Bloom in this film, and there are some really good laughs throughout. Elizabethtown is full of flaws and problems, but it's still watchable and often entertaining.
½ December 10, 2015
Pretentious and not relatable in almost anyway. Kirsten Dunst is cute as usual and the soundtrack is killer; the only redeeming qualities.
½ November 10, 2015
I like it for the roadtrip romance Crowe style more than the Southern nostalgia and Paula Deen weirdness
November 7, 2015
While Drew's epic career failure and suicidal phase are clumsily handled and start the film off on a really shallow note, Elizabethtown develops into a surprisingly warm, southern family reunion which while not hugely engaging remains quiety enjoyable.
Like the plot, Bloom's performance starts on a stutter but as his character slowly finds a place among his southern relatives, so does Bloom find his place in this film. The eccentric Claire is treated as a crazy voice of conscience that is there for no real reason but accepted nonetheless and that (just about) works for this film. The supporting cast help to hold the whole show up and allow it to finally find its feet.
Not an Oscar contender by ANY stretch of the imagination but if you want a cheap flick on a rainy day with cloudy but warm messages of love, family and figuring out what's important, this film should tick that box.
August 27, 2015
Elizabethtown fails to maintain the atmosphere of sentimental quirkiness that it's going for, because, in the end, it's as half-baked as its storylines and bland as the performances from its romantic leads.
August 24, 2015
Orlando Bloom is just yummy
August 23, 2015
I remembered I used to like this movie... before I embarked on Garden State. Looking back on Elizabethtown now, I just realized how pretentious this script is, though very much typical Cameron Crowe, and just how bad acting is from Orlando Bloom and Kirsten Dunst. Have to admit that I bloody love the soundtrack though.
August 13, 2015
Absolute drivel. There's nothing redeemable about this movie. It's not even "so bad that it's good" status like The Room, it's just bad and not worth watching. The only good quality about this movie is that it has Orlando Bloom's face in it.
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