Elizabethtown Reviews

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October 14, 2005
This is a bona fide, absolute, unmitigated fiasco.
October 14, 2005
This, folks, is not entertainment.
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.
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.
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.
October 14, 2005
The movie feels long and strangely derivative of [Crowe's] other, better work.
October 13, 2005
What ends up on screen is a jumbled, if good-natured, mess.
October 13, 2005
It's the opposite of the quick commute of the average commercial movie. It's a meandering road trip instead.
October 13, 2005
Elizabethtown needed a raffish, Preston Sturges-esque ensemble to offset the corn.
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.
October 13, 2005
A dreary, self-indulgent, overscripted train wreck of a film.
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.
October 13, 2005
The film's golden moments run the gamut from warmhearted to satirical, but a sense of incompletion hampers their effect.
October 13, 2005
Elizabethtown is scaled big but the experience is curiously uninvolving.
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.
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.
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.
October 13, 2005
[A] hugely disappointing film, which goes beyond blunder into something akin to meltdown.
October 13, 2005
Cameron Crowe has such a great track record that Elizabethtown has to be considered a major disappointment.
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.
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