Water for Elephants Reviews

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October 7, 2011
Supporting characters are too hastily sketched in, serving only to further the unsmooth course of true love.
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.
May 8, 2011
This colourful romantic melodrama gives the brooding Robert Pattinson a break from his customary vampire roles...
May 6, 2011
Water for Elephants may not be the best show on earth, but it's still quite a show.
May 6, 2011
Director Francis Lawrence knows what he is doing and doesn't get too ambitious with this old-fashioned piece of storytelling.
May 5, 2011
There's a formidable cast here, and on paper, the movie should have a fair bit going for it.
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.
May 3, 2011
'Water for Elephants' has charm, and this more grown up role suits Pattinson more than the histrionics of last year's 'Remember Me'.
May 2, 2011
The movie rather embarrassingly sells chastity in the midst of what feels like a lawless situation. It's handsomely mounted but timid.
April 23, 2011
The great intangible of chemistry isn't present, making Water for Elephants seem longer and slower than one might hope.
April 22, 2011
Isn't it OK, once in a while, just to enjoy the spectacle of two beautiful people kissing in a train car in the shadow of an elephant?
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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.
April 22, 2011
Does the sheer Hollywood hoopla add up to a perversely enjoyable brand of something that can be loosely called entertainment? I think it does.
April 22, 2011
Witherspoon sparkles appropriately, Waltz is indeed one scary dude and Pattinson acquits himself well enough, although he leans too much on grinning as a default reaction.
April 22, 2011
Water For Elephants is not, to borrow the Benzini Bros. Circus' motto -- "the most spectacular show on Earth." But it is a class act.
April 22, 2011
The film has a pleasing retro-ness that often mitigates the dullness.
April 22, 2011
From scene to scene, and plot point to plot point, nothing connects. Pattinson, Witherspoon, and Waltz perform in separate rings of their three-ring circus.
April 22, 2011
"Pattinson's beauty crowds out just about everything else."
April 22, 2011
"Water for Elephants" is one ring short of a three-ring hit.
April 22, 2011
How do I count the ways this movie goes wrong?
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