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  • Summary: While trying to get pregnant, a happily married woman realizes her life needs to go in a different direction, and after a painful divorce, she takes off on a round-the-world journey. Based on the memoir by Elizabeth Gilbert.
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  1. Positive: 13 out of 39
  2. Negative: 4 out of 39
  1. All of the performances are knockouts, especially The Visitor's Richard Jenkins as a damaged Texas spiritualist who steeps the movie in intimacy.
  2. 75
    Is it a romantic comedy? Is it a chick flick? This is silly, since, in truth, it's neither. It's simply a Julia Roberts movie, often a lovely one.
  3. It lacks the resonances of Gilbert's book.
  4. Reviewed by: Karina Longworth
    Though targeted to the same female filmgoers who flocked to the self-realization via food porn of "Julie & Julia," EPL is a comparative downer, letting viewers experience the rush of self-improvement without having to do any of the work. I cried. Mission accomplished?
  5. The film never ventures, even once, into a situation that does not reek of comfy familiarity.
  6. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    The whole journey feels like a rich girl gone slumming. And for those of us along for the ride, it's a bit of a slog.
  7. 25
    The movie left me with the feeling of being trapped with a person of privilege who won't stop with the whine whine whine.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 28
  2. Negative: 6 out of 28
  1. Aug 15, 2010
    I went into this movie with the intention of only getting laid for sitting through what I assumed was going to be a piece of colorful poop. However, this film ended up being the best film I've ever seen! From the very beginning I connected with Julia Roberts and up until the end of the film I didn't take my mind off of any of it. I have seen this movie two times already this weekend, and in this economy that is saying a lot! See it multiple times, you won't regret it! Expand
  2. Sep 19, 2010
    Julia Roberts finds herself - and we rediscover her considerable talents - in a rare movie-is-better-than-the-book travel adventure, Eat Pray Love. Screenplay by director Ryan Murphy and Jennifer Salt redeems the navel-gazing memoir by Elizabeth Gilbert. Revealing an inner adventure that drags at first, the film soon falls into natural rhythm as a world traveler faces her inner demons and searches for love.

    Best of all, Eat Pray Love stars a Julia Roberts who shows up in nearly every scene. Abundant screen time allows Roberts to inhabit her character Liz, weave us into her anger and frustration, and reveal a radiant, smiling beauty. There's no trace of the tight-assed Anna of Closer or Tess of Ocean's Eleven. Instead we could be watching Mystic Pizza's Daisy Arujo all grown up.

    Roberts seems to be playing herself in the film which avoids becoming preachy or too New Agey. Instead Liz meets an array of honest, memorable characters as she learns to love herself during trips to Italy, India and Bali.

    "Ruin is the path to transformation,"Â
  3. Jan 2, 2013
    Me esperaba más pero visualmente su espiritualidad es visualmente poética. Además Julia Roberts está guapísima. En Italia se muestra muy bien la comida, pero se olvidan de ella en la India y en Bali. Destacable como siempre Javier Bardem. Expand
  4. Nov 22, 2010
    For a woman who has been divorced, going to three countries on the other side of the planet seems more like a temporary escape persay. Julia Roberts plays Liz, who sets out on a year or so to visit three countries, which as the movie title suggests, to eat, pray, and love. From watching the film in it's entirety, you can conclude that she likes the eating part best (Loads of Pasta). And for prayer, she visits India. The movie almost seems to run on in India, and more toned down. "Love" has had to be the hardest part for Liz to experience in Bali mainly due to soon realizing that maybe this entire getaway has been just trying to forget about love, and experiencing, or at least forcing her self to choose a more spiritual down to earth way of life. By the end, has she really found happiness? The story is told blankly, and I couldn't exactly connect with the movie because of that. It slowly becomes an expose' of Liz's adventures, with the warmth and sweetness not fully executed. Expand
  5. Aug 29, 2010
    This movie is way too long and exaggerates too much on unnecessary details and is never clear on what is the message that the movie wants to project. It's not that it doesn't have great ideas, is just not shown as well as it should have been shown. It's a decent ride of a film but it never makes the whole adventure of Liz exciting for us to see or care about. Expand
  6. Sep 1, 2014
    While it may be visually pleasing, that's not enough to save this search for enlightenment. Creative changes should've been taken to make this adaptation more absorbing. Expand
  7. Dec 11, 2010
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. I had to watch this movie because my girlfriend forced me to watch it with her. This is not a movie for a guy, unless if your gay. In short, this movie is Sex and the City without the sex part. And itâ Expand

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