San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
It is 140 minutes long and repetitious beyond belief. Yet for all its weaknesses - unconscious contradictions, travelogue simplicity and mix-and-match spirituality - Eat Pray Love is, like its central character, on a genuine quest.
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Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
Is it a romantic comedy? Is it a chick flick? This is silly, since, in truth, it's neither. It's simply a Julia Roberts movie, often a lovely one.
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
It lacks the resonances of Gilbert's book.
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New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
Director Ryan Murphy achieved a major casting coup in landing Julia Roberts to play Gilbert - or Liz, as she's called here. As it turns out, though, a lesser star may have been a better choice.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
If only Roberts' warmth, coupled with Javier Bardem's scruffy sexiness as Felipe, were enough to compensate for the folded-map flatness of this production.
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By Scott Tobias
Though Eat Pray Love never loses the sour whiff of unexamined first-world privilege, its heroine does at least immerse herself in different cultures rather than expecting them to adapt to her.
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
The film never ventures, even once, into a situation that does not reek of comfy familiarity.
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
The whole journey feels like a rich girl gone slumming. And for those of us along for the ride, it's a bit of a slog.
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Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
Still, Eat Pray Love preaches a sermon it doesn't practice-the need to open one's self to the world. In a pictorial sense this is exactly what Liz does; she vacuums up the transformative essence of three continents. Yet the world gets weirdly short shrift because this transcendently narcissistic movie is, in a narrative sense, almost entirely about Liz and the movie star who plays her.
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
The movie left me with the feeling of being trapped with a person of privilege who won't stop with the whine whine whine.
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50 out of 100
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