Elegy

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  • Summary: Elegy charts the passionate relationship between a celebrated college professor and a young woman whose beauty both ravishes and destabilizes the professor. As their intimate connection transforms them--more than either could imagine--a charged sexual contest evolves into an indelible loveElegy charts the passionate relationship between a celebrated college professor and a young woman whose beauty both ravishes and destabilizes the professor. As their intimate connection transforms them--more than either could imagine--a charged sexual contest evolves into an indelible love story. With humanistic warmth, wry wit, and erotic intensity, Elegy explores the power of beauty to blind, reveal, and transform. (Samuel Goldwyn Films) Expand
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  1. Positive: 22 out of 32
  2. Negative: 1 out of 32
  1. A richly textured and compelling film.
  2. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    88
    True to its title, Elegy is a spare, meditative and melancholy film. It is a deeply affecting and profoundly observed saga about love, art, beauty and, especially, mortality.
  3. 80
    The Spanish director Isabel Coixet works with candor, directness, and simplicity. She isn't afraid of lengthy scenes of the two actors just talking to each other, mixed with lavish but respectful attention to Cruz's body, especially her bare chest, which is treated as one of the wonders of all creation.
  4. 75
    Kingsley dims divine Elegy.
  5. Elegy is a curious example of misplaced good taste.
  6. The problem with Elegy has nothing to do with faithfulness and everything to do with interpretation. The film is an overly polite take on a spiky, claustrophobic, insistently impolite novel.
  7. Reviewed by: Linda Stasi
    38
    A windbaggy film of Phillip Roth's novella "The Dying Animal."

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 22
  2. Negative: 4 out of 22
  1. MargaretG.
    Aug 11, 2008
    10
    Powerful. Beautiful. Intense.
  2. ThomasM.
    Dec 23, 2008
    10
    A great film about the most basic fear most of us carry deep within--the feeling that we are not worthy of love. Contains one of Sir A great film about the most basic fear most of us carry deep within--the feeling that we are not worthy of love. Contains one of Sir Ben's greatest performances with stunning cineamatography. A sad, honest, and beautiful film. Expand
  3. ElizabethK
    Dec 5, 2009
    10
    What a sad and beautiful film set in pure simplicity. It's such an honest film. Excellent acting by both leads. Finally! A film not only What a sad and beautiful film set in pure simplicity. It's such an honest film. Excellent acting by both leads. Finally! A film not only worth seeing, but seeing again. It makes you think, cry, wonder, question who you are and your own life. Now I need to read the book! Expand
  4. AnnM.
    Aug 10, 2008
    8
    A good movie. Cruz's performance is the best of it. Nice for romantic people.
  5. MaxL
    Sep 9, 2008
    7
    Performances are what made the movie watchable. Storywise, it's old and well-travelled already. Patricia Clarkson should be mentioned Performances are what made the movie watchable. Storywise, it's old and well-travelled already. Patricia Clarkson should be mentioned along Cruz and Kingsley as giving the movie life. Otherwise, it's a real downer as it goes on. Expand
  6. Lyn
    May 29, 2011
    5
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. I'm fond of talky movies like this -- and of Ben Kingsley -- but was distracted by the contrast between his timeworn hedonist and Penelope Cruz's earnest young beauty. You look from his countenance to hers and you think . . . "Um . . . really???" Also disliked the corny developments of the denouement. While all the performances were excellent, I did love the supporting work of Dennis Hopper and Patricia Clarkson. The professor's relationships with those characters actually were more interesting than his obsession with the student with the great face and bod. Expand
  7. MikeH
    Sep 14, 2009
    0
    Boring waste of time. Overrated.

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