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Water for Elephants Reviews

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Will Leitch
June 23, 2013
This movie doesn't have half the imagination of even the most subpar circus and, all told, I think it even has fewer elephants.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Amy Curtis
We Got This Covered
April 21, 2013
The leads lack chemistry and the movie has a very cookie-cutter love story that was far too predictable.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Sarah Sluis
Film Journal International
August 15, 2011
All the eye candy of the circus, along with one-dimensional characters and an unfulfilling storyline.
Dan Gear
May 12, 2011
There isn't really enough here to propel the story and hold your attention for two hours.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Charlotte Cook
Little White Lies
May 4, 2011
It will be a welcome relief to see Pattinson one day cast in a film not primarily targeted at women, or, indeed, one where he is forlorn and lovesick most of the time.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Leslie Stonebraker
New York Press
April 21, 2011
the rest of the movie feels a lot like a 15-year-old taking the car out for their first spin.
Glenn Heath Jr.
Slant Magazine
May 9, 2011
Beauty comes in all shapes and sizes, and Water for Elephants finds immense pleasure in juxtaposing extreme dimensionality with budding emotion.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Roger Moore
Tribune News Service
January 11, 2013
Whatever romance Gruen summoned forth from this rough and tumble world of show people living by their own laws in a traveling, self-contained world of poverty and cruelty, director Francis Lawrence has hacked and ground it off.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Margot Harrison
Seven Days
May 4, 2011
Such is the power of acting that viewers may find themselves seeing August's point of view. Running a circus in the Depression isn't all about striking poses.
| Original Score: 4/10
Jeff Meyers
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
April 25, 2011
Less Pattinson and more pachyderm, please.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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James Berardinelli
April 23, 2011
The great intangible of chemistry isn't present, making Water for Elephants seem longer and slower than one might hope.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Top Critic
April 22, 2011
Witherspoon makes an incongruously squeaky Marlena, and it doesn't help that Pattinson is about as ardently expressive as a log of wood trying to pass itself off as James Dean.
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
April 22, 2011
How do I count the ways this movie goes wrong?
Simon Foster
May 6, 2011
The film's very old-fashioned sense of right and wrong is refreshing. However, the need for strong plotting and characterisation...never goes out of vogue, and it's on these terms that Water For Elephants feels truncated.
Laurence Boyce
The Baltic Times
December 13, 2011
The film is certainly striking to look at but the story is hackneyed with too much exposition
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Kimberly Gadette
Indie Movies Online
April 22, 2011
Powerful, sensitive, she creates a huge performance that stands head and shoulders above the rest. Addressing the elephant in the room ... oh, let's do. She's the only mammal worthy of our attention.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/10
Alice Tynan
The Vine
May 10, 2011
With such good looks (that have little to do with RPatz), it's a crying shame that the story boils down to a rather beige love triangle.
Tom Meek
Boston Phoenix
April 28, 2011
Lawrence brings some authenticity to the mini-epic but succumbs to its sentimentality.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Sarah Boslaugh
April 24, 2011
,,,a much larger group of potential ticket-buyers could have been tapped with a different title that I offer here for consideration: Twilight Under the Big Top.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Victoria Alexander
April 23, 2011
Horribly dull. This should have had the aura of Federico Fellini's great traveling circus film La Strada. Pattinson plays a boy, not a serious romantic rival.
Leonard Maltin
March 10, 2012
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