Generally favorable reviews - based on 32 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 32
  2. Negative: 1 out of 32
  1. Smart and self-deprecating story about love and mortality: It’s merely a winter's tale told with a summer's palette.
  2. While this may seem like an apologia for randy older men, it doesn't come off that way, and Cruz gives her best performance to date.
  3. There's a poetic irony to the idea that it took a female filmmaker to finally do justice to Philip Roth on screen.
  4. The film is exquisite on every level, full of sadness and emotional surprise.
  5. 88
    This is an offering for mature viewers thrown out amidst a sea of summer flotsam. The title, Elegy, is perfect for the material. There is much tragedy and truth in what the makers of this movie have brought to the screen.
  6. A richly textured and compelling film.
  7. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    This melancholy mediation on aging and desire hangs on an exquisite performance from Penelope Cruz.
  8. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    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.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 53 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 21
  2. Negative: 3 out of 21
  1. Lyn
    May 29, 2011
    This review contains spoilers, click full review link 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. Full Review »