Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation | Release Date: April 22, 2011
6.9
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Generally favorable reviews based on 191 Ratings
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CritiqueGirlMay 12, 2011
Here is something not new. The elephants were abused in training so they would know how to act abused. Charming.
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KikiApr 28, 2011
Water for Elephants
Average User Score: 7.9 User Score 10 Don't bother seeing this film, unless you enjoy formulaic plot lines, shallow, 2-D characters, hackneyed good vs. evil, and the ridiculous premise that a vulnerable woman has no
Water for Elephants
Average User Score: 7.9 User Score 10 Don't bother seeing this film, unless you enjoy formulaic plot lines, shallow, 2-D characters, hackneyed good vs. evil, and the ridiculous premise that a vulnerable woman has no agency and needs a man to rescue her from her own choices. How many times will this same plot be inflicted on viewers! The "crazy" ringmaster with his manic, bipolar persona was the only interesting character, and could have easily been deepened and explored. Furthermore, Pattinson's character's comment to Reese's character: "You're a beautiful woman. You should have a beautiful life," is only one tiny example of the tedious and superficial dialogue. This unenlightened bit also provokes this global question: Should those not so genetically blessed have an ugly life? What is the filmmaker trying to say? Hey, the elephant was likable, but the scene where the ringmaster beats her to a pulp was an incredible ask for a suspension of our disbelief. With her mass and her ability to defend herself, ringmaster guy should have emerged a bloody mess, not she. SKIP IT.
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KristinMApr 22, 2011
Putting Robert Pattinson with Reese Witherspoon and Christoph Waltz is an absolute embarassment, for Rob and for Reese/Christoph. Robert Pattinson cannot show proper emotion when he acts. He acts like a piece of driftwood that just staresPutting Robert Pattinson with Reese Witherspoon and Christoph Waltz is an absolute embarassment, for Rob and for Reese/Christoph. Robert Pattinson cannot show proper emotion when he acts. He acts like a piece of driftwood that just stares at the screen and smolders. Yes, his fans are going to say he's amazing no matter what he does, so you really can't trust the "fan reviews". If you want to be bored to death, by all means, go watch this movie! Expand
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chocolatekissMay 12, 2011
How can Hollywood not know these animals were abused. They are always abused. And of course, there is now video to back it up. Good work Reese Witherspoon!
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GreatbealloJan 27, 2012
This movie is pretty wretched. The acting is bad. The plot is thin. The love is stale. The elephant is . . . well I guess I kind of liked the elephant.
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