83

Seattle Post-Intelligencer

By Bill White
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.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Ruthe Stein
Worth seeing just to admire how Argentine writer-director Marcos Carnevale avoids so much as a whiff of condescension.
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75

New York Post

By Lou Lumenick
A disarming Spanish dramedy of late-life love, speaks a universal language.
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75

TV Guide

By Maitland McDonagh
Sentimental, formulaic, predictable and shamelessly manipulative, Marcos Carnevale’s tale of late-life love is also genuinely heartbreaking and heartening.
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75

Chicago Tribune

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.
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63

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
A sweet but inconsequential romantic comedy.
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60

NPR

By Bob Mondello
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.
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60

Los Angeles Times

By Kevin Thomas
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.
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50

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
Elsa & Fred does graze against an interesting idea: that the vitality of our youths lives on in the prison of aging bodies.
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40

Austin Chronicle

By Steve Davis
Will likely warm the cockles of your heart, even though it's hardly the stuff of great romance.
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52 out of 100
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