100

San Francisco Chronicle

By Ruthe Stein
A richly textured and compelling film.
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100

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
There's a poetic irony to the idea that it took a female filmmaker to finally do justice to Philip Roth on screen.
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88

TV Guide

By Ken Fox
This melancholy mediation on aging and desire hangs on an exquisite performance from Penelope Cruz.
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88

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
True to its title, Elegy is a spare, meditative and melancholy film. It is a deeply affecting and profoundly observed saga about love, art, beauty and, especially, mortality.
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88

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
This is an offering for mature viewers thrown out amidst a sea of summer flotsam. The title, Elegy, is perfect for the material. There is much tragedy and truth in what the makers of this movie have brought to the screen.
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
If Coixet's film is substantially more restrained than its explicit source material (Nicholas Meyer, himself a fine novelist and director of the second and best Star Trek film, adapted), it is no less provocative as a poetic meditation on love, sex and death.
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
By the time it's over, Penelope Cruz has slipped away with it, and transformed Kingsley's character in the process. It's nicely done.
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63

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
Elegy drifts helplessly into melodrama, and it loses its bearings and its head in a ridiculous final act.
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50

The Hollywood Reporter

By Ray Bennett
Cruz's performance deserves to be seen widely, and it should place her again in line for prizes, but the story's pretensions and downbeat mood will not endear the film to audiences.
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40

New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
Roth's works are particularly hard to do justice to onscreen, perhaps because the celebrated author's personality is really in his words
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66 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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