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Unlike so many American remakes of foreign films, this reboot improves on the original, mostly because it takes full advantage of the star power of its English-speaking cast.
This movie is so tone-deaf that it tries to wring charm from questionable stereotypes about senior citizens and minorities.
A not-terrific, not-terrible romantic comedy that owes most of its charm to its two stars.
A bland and formulaic tale of two senior citizens who discover that it's never too late to fall in love - which may well be true, but doesn't keep this rickety recycling of a 2005 Spanish-Argentinean comedy from feeling long past its sell-by date.
The movie's too-cute concept yields more rewards than you might reasonably expect.
Though the issues are heavy, the execution is light, enjoyable, but it keeps "Elsa & Fred" closer to "Sleepless in Seattle" than Fellini's deliciously deep Roman affair.
Elsa & Fred is only so-so.
This story of love in the autumn of life is not without its charms, though it takes a crisp and well-judged performance from Plummer to balance MacLaine's shrill extravagance.
Elsa & Fred is a sweet story that reminds you that it is never too late to make your dreams come true.
Considering the CVs of all involved (not least Radford, who was Oscar-nominated for Il Postino) this remains little more than a gooey footnote.
It is fatally lacking in wit and conviction, often playing more like a television sitcom than something that deserves a place on the big screen.
Shirley MacLaine and Christopher Plummer rise above the patronising cuteness imposed by co-writer/director Michael Radford (Il Postino) in this tale of a late-blossoming love affair.
Nice movie about an older couple. I didn't really expect to get into it, but it was actually really well done and Shirley MacLaine is still so beautiful to watch onscreen.
I didn't realize until I looked it up that it's a remake of a foreign film, actually that made sense in how this one plays out. It wasn't your standard American film at all. I dare say the original is better (aren't they always?), but I haven't seen it, so I can only rate this as I find it.
Quite moving in places. I loved the scene at the end where Elsa finally visits Rome, but it was sad too.
I hated Elsa.... she was very immoral in my opinion. She made Fred happy and brought him out of his shell so that was the only good part of the movie.
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