Metascore
81

Universal acclaim - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 9
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 9
  3. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. Reviewed by: Alan Scherstuhl
    May 27, 2014
    100
    A pained and gorgeous summoning, Petra Costa's haunted doc Elena dances with death, memory, and family, seducing viewers and then breaking their hearts.
  2. Reviewed by: Katie Walsh
    May 29, 2014
    91
    This is avant-garde autobiographical filmmaking at its finest, and the results are stunningly beautiful, and achingly emotional within a lyrical and dreamlike aesthetic.
  3. Reviewed by: John Anderson
    May 29, 2014
    91
    Shot like a dream, spoken like an elegy, it takes nonfiction where it seldom wants to go – away from the comforting embrace of fact and into a realm of expressionistic possibility.
  4. Reviewed by: Frank Scheck
    May 29, 2014
    90
    Elena is an elegiac cinematic essay that is both haunting and unforgettable.

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