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Water for Elephants

Overview


Genre :

Drama, Romance

Release Date :

April 22, 2011

MPAA Rating :

PG-13

Director :

Francis Lawrence

Starring :

Reese Witherspoon, Robert Pattinson, Christoph Waltz, Paul Schneider, Jim Norton, Hal Holbrook, James Frain, Mark Povinelli, Richard Brake, Ken Foree

REVIEWS RATE:  Critics  Nothing's perfect, but it's worth seeing.    Readers  5 of 5 [Rate It]

“..the vital spark that would have made the drama truly compelling on the screen is missing..”
by Todd McCarthy [Hollywood Reporter]
5 of 5

“..the unexpectedly good film version of "Water for Elephants" elevates pure corn to a completely satisfying realm of romantic melodrama..”
by Michael Phillips [Chicago Tribune]
2 of 4

“..the movie strips away both the grand weirdness of the circus and the dire desolation of the depression..”
by Wesley Morris [Boston Globe]
“..that movie left you feeling as if you'd enjoyed at least one roll in the sawdust..”
by Stephen Holden [NY Times]
3 of 4

“..steamy and sexy with a smack of sadism..”
by Carrie Rickey [Philadelphia Inquirer]
2 of 4

“..it's not a total washout, and its unromantic view of circus life, especially back then, is probably close to the mark..”
by Roger Moore [Orlando Sentinel]
Review rate : C

“..it's a tastefully managed, passionless melodrama, full of brooding looks and reasonably sweet moments..”
by Tasha Robinson [AV Club]
“..is so painfully mediocre..”
2.5 of 4

“..is mildly entertaining, though the best performances come not from the stars, but the supporting players..”
by Claudia Puig [USA Today]
“..is endlessly watchable, thanks mainly to Waltz..”
by Mick LaSalle [San Fransisco Chronicle]
“..if the circus is a hierarchical pyramid, August is at the very top..”
by Kenneth Turan [LA Times]
2 of 4

“..buildups like that are hard to justify, and Water for Elephants fails to do so, but only on an emotional level..”
by Peter Howell [Toronto Star]
2 of 5

“..add romantic chemistry to the list of things that fall flat in the film, alongside dialogue and acting..”
by Bill Goodykoontz [Arizona Republic]

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