Elizabethtown Reviews

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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.
October 20, 2005
It's mind-boggling how Cameron Crowe got this one wrong.
October 20, 2005
Rarely has a film managed to be this maddeningly meandering, forced, unbelievable and, ultimately, phony and uninvolving.
October 20, 2005
Covering for the clear lack of narrative meat, Crowe piles on as many sloppily contrived 'movie moments' as he can.
October 19, 2005
All of these are rich and resonant because of Crowe's script, his direction and his ideas.
October 18, 2005
What makes fantastic directors sometimes head south...quite literally?
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.
October 18, 2005
Part of the problem lies with Crowe's script -- which is far and away the most maudlin thing he's ever written -- and part with his choice of leads.
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?
October 18, 2005
Falls short of actual emotional resonance, and is really nothing more than a passable Garden State doppelgnger.
October 17, 2005
Cameron Crowe is a romantic at heart and there's nothing wrong with that.
October 17, 2005
A full-hearted celebration of both film and music and a skillful homage to the melancholy beauty of life.
October 17, 2005
Crowe's mood-indigo swing through the Sentimental South, an odd blend of whimsy and overly sentimental Hallmark moments, lacks the entertainment punch of his earlier work.
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.
October 17, 2005
...an advertisement announced a contest that would give the winner a one-week, all expense paid trip to Elizabethtown, Kentucky. Second place is two weeks in Elizabethtown.
October 16, 2005
Sets an affable mood but is saddled with a slight and pointless story.
October 16, 2005
Haphazardly mixing comical family situations with witty dialogue and tender, romantic moments, Cameron Crowe loses the focus that distinguished his previous films.
October 16, 2005
I came out of Elizabethtown with one question: what's the point? I still haven't figured that out.
October 15, 2005
Rambling and surprisingly pointless.
October 15, 2005
The movie is a mess, of course; an ecstatically unaware mess so full of passion and love and life and heartbreak and whimsy (maybe too much whimsy) it doesn't even notice how big a mess it really is.
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