Metascore
52

Mixed or average reviews - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  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. Reviewed by: Sid Smith
    75
    Though recalling a truckload of antecedents, "Harold and Maude" and "Sweet November" among them, Elsa & Fred manages enough fresh touches and performance subtleties to stand alone as an irresistible, bittersweet comedy.
  3. 75
    A disarming Spanish dramedy of late-life love, speaks a universal language.
  4. Worth seeing just to admire how Argentine writer-director Marcos Carnevale avoids so much as a whiff of condescension.
  5. 75
    Sentimental, formulaic, predictable and shamelessly manipulative, Marcos Carnevale’s tale of late-life love is also genuinely heartbreaking and heartening.
  6. 63
    A sweet but inconsequential romantic comedy.
  7. Reviewed by: Bob Mondello
    60
    By movie's end, director Marcos Carnevale has made it possible for you to see Elsa through Fred's eyes. Love has bloomed late -- but with sweet exuberance -- in this romantic charmer.
  8. The film may be fearlessly sentimental, but it is sturdy enough to provide rewarding major roles for two veterans, who are of an age when such starring parts are rare.
  9. 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.
  10. Reviewed by: Jean Oppenheimer
    50
    The problem isn't the acting; both actors are superb. It's Elsa's character that is so difficult to take. Only the hopelessly romantic will be able to tolerate her.
  11. Best enjoyed as a sampling of Ms. Zorrilla's combustible energy and still dazzling screen presence.
  12. 50
    Predictable fare that only occasionally fulfils its intention of being simultaneously heartbreaking and heartening.
  13. 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.
  14. 42
    It's hard to overlook how much of Elsa & Fred is rote and pre-chewed.
  15. 40
    Will likely warm the cockles of your heart, even though it's hardly the stuff of great romance.
  16. 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.

There are no user reviews yet.