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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
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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. Reviewed by: Richard Schickel
    80
    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
    38
    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. 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

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