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  • Summary: When elderly Fred loses his wife, he quietly moves into a smaller apartment to live out the rest of his life, which he hopes will be quick. But when he meets his neighbor, vivacious Elsa, he soon discovers how much life he has to live.
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  1. Positive: 6 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. And who would have guessed that, in this age of excess and one-upmanship, when bigger is always better, the year's most romantic screen kiss would last a mere two seconds.
  2. 75
    Sentimental, formulaic, predictable and shamelessly manipulative, Marcos Carnevale’s tale of late-life love is also genuinely heartbreaking and heartening.
  3. 75
    A disarming Spanish dramedy of late-life love, speaks a universal language.
  4. 50
    This begins to get interesting in the home stretch, as the woman's chronic deception begins to catch up with her, but for the most part it's an extended Geritol commercial.
  5. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    50
    Elsa & Fred does graze against an interesting idea: that the vitality of our youths lives on in the prison of aging bodies.
  6. Best enjoyed as a sampling of Ms. Zorrilla's combustible energy and still dazzling screen presence.
  7. Reviewed by: Dan Zak
    40
    Elsa & Fred feels not substantial enough to bear the weight of its themes. It dissolves like cotton candy, making proper digestion impossible. The life it shows us is too sweet.

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