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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 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
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 32
  2. Negative: 1 out of 32
  1. A richly textured and compelling film.
  2. 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.
  3. Reviewed by: Richard Schickel
    This is a good, serious and absorbing movie -- especially, perhaps, for a reviewer who is roughly Kepesh's age and, of course, eagerly evading the issues his story forces up.
  4. 75
    As an acting showcase that builds to some unexpectedly moving moments, Elegy has much to recommend it. Had Coixet found better ways to connect those moments, she might have REALLY had something to rival what Roth does on the page.
  5. Elegy is a curious example of misplaced good taste.
  6. A spare, melancholy film that is so far in spirit from its source, Philip Roth's "The Dying Animal."
  7. Reviewed by: Linda Stasi
    A windbaggy film of Phillip Roth's novella "The Dying Animal."

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 21
  2. Negative: 3 out of 21
  1. ElizabethK
    Dec 5, 2009
    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
  2. MargaretG.
    Aug 11, 2008
    Powerful. Beautiful. Intense.
  3. ThomasM.
    Dec 23, 2008
    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. Collapse
  4. ClaireM.
    Aug 9, 2008
    Lovely film and terrific performances by Penelope Cruz and Ben Kingsley.
  5. Albert
    Oct 11, 2008
    Penelope Cruz and Patricia Clarkson, they are the best of this movie. But it isn't the best movie by Isabel Coixet.
  6. tdmac
    May 9, 2009
    Eh. I don't know. Lacked something for me. The love and lives of intellectuals. I never reached a point where I felt any real compassion for the characters. They all seemed like an IDEA of people to me, not real multidimensional characters. Not a terrible movie...just a bit mediocre. Expand
  7. MikeH
    Sep 14, 2009
    Boring waste of time. Overrated.

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