Elegy
Elegy (2008)

Adapted from author Philip Roth's novel The Dying Animal, director Isabel Coixet's elegant tale of obsession explores the relationship between a highly respected professor (Ben Kingsley) and an impossibly gorgeous grad student… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: March 17, 2009
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75%
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User Score
61%



Critic Score: 75% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: An intelligent, adult, and provocative Philip Roth adaptation that features classy performances, Elegy is never quite the sum of its parts.

Jonathan F. Richards
Film.com

With his fierce, impeccable craft Kingsley shows us around David's tortured, preening, desperate psyche.

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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic

Elegy is a rare treat: a serious film that, thanks to Kingsley and the rest, doesn't seem to take itself too seriously.

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Kelly Vance
East Bay Express

A proven favorite, the Horny Old Devil Professor - Ben Kingsley in Isabel Coixet's intelligent but weepy drama.

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Leslie Felperin
Variety

Sparse, low-budget drama, helmed by Spaniard Isabel Coixet, intelligently translates Roth's meditation on lust and mortality without soft-pedaling its narrator's brutally honest, unabashedly sexist views.

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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger

A remarkable example of the actor at his best -- conveying wounded hurt or burning hunger with a glance.

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Brandon Judell
GreenCine

Your final affection for this literary treat of sorts is how well you accept the finale, which is touching, and intellectually potent, yet possibly one depressant too many.

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Ray Bennett
Hollywood Reporter

Penelope Cruz is outstanding in an otherwise lame male fantasy.

Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader

Elegy gives Ben Kingsley one of the best roles of his career.

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Mike Scott
Times-Picayune

There are moments when the story sags, as it postures and revels in its own eloquence, but with strong performances and a moving final act, this is still a fine, thought-provoking film.

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Flixster Audience Score: 61% Flixster User Reviews
Saskia D.
I liked it despite it's relatively low rating. It portrays the raw and sharp edges of lust and love. Kingsley is charming and Penelope is as beautiful as… More
Jani H
"We see the beautiful shell. We're blocked by the beauty barrier. Yeah, we're so dazzled by the outside that we never make it inside."… More
Jake ....
I had initially rated Elegy much higher than this, but have changed that now with the review. I watched the film a couple weeks ago - and enjoyed it - but the… More
Red Lats
There is more to this movie than you see on the surface. It is not a typical May-December romance. Ben Kingsley's character seeks out younger women as… More
Bruce Bruce
This movie suxs, during first 30 min was going to give it 1 star, but as it continued and it kept hitting closer to home. Nothing short of 4 stars.
Lewis C.
Elegy tries to be one of those profoud, statement movies, that makes you look at life differently after you've seen it. It may even succeed in this aim for… More

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