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  • Summary: A love letter to the resilience of the life force, Elizabethtown is a charming, music-filled journey that proves amazing things can happen when you least expect them. (Paramount Pictures)
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  1. Positive: 8 out of 37
  2. Negative: 6 out of 37
  1. That rare animal, a dialogue-driven comedy -- and a good one at that. While one or two of its scenes may seem a tad too talky for today's low-attention spans, the script is mostly razor-sharp acerbic and sophisticated.
  2. 67
    There are wonders here, but there are as many things that just plain make you wonder. By the end you're too addled to be truly moved.
  3. 60
    Crowe's undeniable gifts -- his well-crafted individual scenes and his love for his characters -- are more evident here than his flaws.
  4. A mess of a movie -- but a warm, friendly mess that's hard not to like, even when it tests your patience.
  5. 50
    Audiences of a certain hipster disposition, in fact, will see Elizabethtown and pine for Zach Braff's ''Garden State," the movie to which Elizabethtown bears an unfortunate and inferior resemblance.
  6. 40
    The biggest problem with Elizabethtown isn't in its shopworn theme, but that it's perhaps the first of Crowe's movies (though "Jerry Maguire"comes very close) that really feels forced.
  7. It's hard to believe the creative mind that gave us "Almost Famous," "Jerry Maguire," "Say Anything" and "Fast Times at Ridgemont High" looked up with satisfaction after typing 117 pages of this.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 38 out of 74
  2. Negative: 31 out of 74
  1. Nov 11, 2011
    Elizabethtown is a great and hilarious comedy with many reflections of how to appreciate life and understand what's really important in life. This movie tries to bring an interesting message. To me Cameron Crowe succeeded brilliantly. I don't understand all of the criticism towards the movie because I believe that the people and critics who disliked this movie simply weren't open about the main concept and somewhat skeptical. I hear many people saying that Elizabethtown is the worst copy of Garden state. Indeed I believe that it's totally the opposite thing because I believe that Elizabethtown is far superior. This movie has really precious moments.It's easy to sympathize with the leading character. Bloom,Dunst and Sarandon gave truly great performances.Orlando Bloom is for the first time rightly cast and I must say I found him really good.Kirsten Dunst was perfect and her performance is not always easy as it would seem. Susan Sarandon was really amazing and is the protagonist of a really funny but nevertheless moving sort of monologue that is the point of the entire movie. Cameron Crowe shows once again that he's a very original director. Simply one of the best of our generation. To enjoy Elizabethtown you have to abandon every last easy judgment. This movie is one of the most original in the recent years.It's not a romantic comedy as it was sold.It's about life,hope,love and how to deal with the difficulties of life.And how sometimes you need to search of your own origins to build a new life.And I was moved by that concept. Expand
  2. petes.
    Oct 24, 2005
    Does everyone think they could do a better job directing a movie that is about death and life? Rusty's video was genius! Chuck and Cindy were really funny. Great movie about real things. Awesome! Laughed and cried!!!! Expand
  3. RachelH.
    Oct 14, 2005
    I really enjoyed this movie, I laughed all the way through. It had an incredible cast (Orlando & Kirsten especially did a great job) and was one of the most adorable and funny movies I have ever seen. Two thumbs up. Expand
  4. SherryF.
    Oct 16, 2005
    This movie should have been billed as a lesson in life instead of a love story. There are several points when you think it ends and yet it goes on. Bloom and Dunst play it as well as anyone could. It was entertaining, but not great. Expand
  5. edwardv.
    Oct 17, 2005
    This would have been a real hit, were i a schizophrenic 13 year old. when crowe wasn't busy addingg more storyline to the muddled convergence of plots he was filling in the cracks with the most tired cliches. orlando bloom makes a much better elf, at least they hardly talk. i have seen cyborgs display more emotion. Expand
  6. Norman
    Oct 17, 2005
    I think Crowe tried too hard this time which is a shame because he is one of the best directors my generation has ever seen. Bloom was only blank stares and Dunst's character almost was a stalker. Just rent this one. Expand
  7. DanaR
    Oct 18, 2005
    A total fiasco! Save your money! I had to experience the torture of premiering this at the film festival.

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