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Water for Elephants Reviews

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Jeff Beck
September 20, 2012
"Water for Elephants" is a surprisingly good film that once again shows that first impressions aren't everything.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Scott A. Mantz
Scott Mantz' Movie Reviews
March 3, 2012
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
February 18, 2012
Full Review | Original Score: B
Michael Dequina
January 30, 2012
Effectively hits the right emotional beats with crucially the right amount of restraint.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
James Plath
Movie Metropolis
December 29, 2011
I love it when a film surprises me.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
November 13, 2011
The real appeal of this movie is the epic backdrop of the 1930s-era train circus. This is where the special effects and costuming budget went.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Neil Pond
American Profile
September 9, 2011
Pattinson and Witherspoon may be the movie's heart, but Christoph Waltz provides the hydropower that drives Water For Elephants to its explosive, destructive conclusion.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Stella Papamichael
Digital Spy
July 14, 2011
This is sweet, but it's pure candyfloss.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jim Schembri
The Age (Australia)
June 16, 2011
There's no doubting the luscious detail and feel for the period, but the love triangle that inevitable kicks in is a little too rote, even for those in a forgiving mood.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Grae Drake
June 3, 2011
This is the kind of old-fashioned sweeping romance that would have played the bottom half of a double-bill in the 1940.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
May 31, 2011
Makes a case as a worthy adaptation of a good novel but the jury is still out on whether Mr. Pattinson can be more than a brooding vampire.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Tim Martain
The Mercury
May 19, 2011
Water for Elephants has a distinctly daytime movie feel to it, shot in soft, golden tones with an unchallenging plot.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Rebecca Barry Hill
May 16, 2011
It's a fast-paced adventure tale like they used to make 'em, a slice of old-fashioned Hollywood that traverses tragedy, romance and exotic travel.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matt Neal
The Standard
May 14, 2011
Circuses have thankfully changed a lot since 1931 (when this is predominantly set) but it's a fascinating time and place to visit and a lot of the appeal of Water For Elephants comes from its setting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
David Stratton
At the Movies (Australia)
May 12, 2011
I think it's maybe the best circus movie since The Greatest Show on Earth.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Margaret Pomeranz
At the Movies (Australia)
May 12, 2011
I was totally entranced from the opening moment to the end.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Leigh Paatsch
Herald Sun (Australia)
May 12, 2011
A deceptively enjoyable, very old-fashioned romantic drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Annette Basile
FILMINK (Australia)
May 12, 2011
While it's not without its flaws, this atmospheric and largely well-acted adaptation proves stronger than its source material.
Matthew Pejkovic
May 12, 2011
This was Pattinson's film to lose, and in his first steps to a successful post-Twilight career, he is treading the right path.
Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews
May 12, 2011
A new era movie star headlines an old fashion drama to satisfying results in Water for Elephants.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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