Elegy Synopsis
A beautiful student (Penélope Cruz) awakens feelings of sexual possessiveness in an aging professor.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Ruthe Stein
A richly textured and compelling film.
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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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TV Guide

By Ken Fox
This melancholy mediation on aging and desire hangs on an exquisite performance from Penelope Cruz.
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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,...
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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...
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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...
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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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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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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...
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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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Elegy unabashedly explored lust/love/affairs, fear/commitment, beauty/art, and mortality. The underlying message that nothing stays the same nor lasts forever - expertly communicated by director...

Voluptuous insight into human relationships

By movies4less
Penelope Cruz is simply a stunning beauty. Ben Kingsley provides the backcloth to the beauty within Penelope's character when life happens as one is trying to make plans for (or avoid) something...


By bmuniz
This is a poem of mourning for the movie Elegy: Great actors not acting greatly in roles plundered from novels past leave me tired, sleepy and wanting things to end. I mourn the loss of feeling...

Absolutely Amazing

By Allison_In_Brooklyn
The acting in this movie is absolutely amazing. You can really feel for each of the characters and crawl underneath their skins. I admit that I thought it was a bit slow at first but then I became...

Work of art

By curlysunset
This movie is a work of art stating that life is ever evolving due to death. The death of Ben Kingsly and his former self when Penelope comes back is terrific to watch on the big screen. This movie...


A truly great movie. All the performances were memorable. Kingsley was so on target with the melancholy of growing old and still having that sexual lust while recognizing his flaws and short comings....

What a GREAT Movie!!

By danny_de50
Just got back from seeing this. I like all the actors in this flick, and heard Ben Kingsley talk about this on NPR. It sounded good from the interview he did and I was not disappointed. This is an...

Wonderfully expressive film

By MEPAustin
I loved this film. Both characters are wonderfully developed as the movie progresses. If you are over 40, I think this movie will especially touch you regarding the areas of aging and relationships....


By bjlowy419
A " must see " for those who enjoy an intellectual movie that is psychologic ally challenging....

Must see if you are over 40

By starrkist
When I see a movie in limited release, especially with acclaimed and award winning actors, I wonder why it's limited. After viewing this film I realize that it is not intended for general audience...

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Rated R | For sexuality, nudity and language
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Common Sense Media says Brainy, mature, emotional film tackles sex, love.
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