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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 (Penélope Cruz). As their relationship deepens, the professor finds his ego challenged by the girl's enchanting beauty. Dennis Hopper and Patricia Clarkson co-star.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 75%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"With his fierce, impeccable craft Kingsley shows us around David's tortured, preening, desperate psyche."
‑ Jonathan F. Richards, Film.com
"Elegy is a rare treat: a serious film that, thanks to Kingsley and the rest, doesn't seem to take itself too seriously."
‑ Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic
"A proven favorite, the Horny Old Devil Professor - Ben Kingsley in Isabel Coixet's intelligent but weepy drama."
‑ Kelly Vance, East Bay Express
"No se ubica entre lo mejor de la directora Isabel Coixet, pero es de todos modos una interesante y sensible reflexión sobre la soledad, el amor, el sexo y la madurez. Gran trabajo de Ben Kingsley."
‑ Enrique Buchichio, Uruguay Total
"Coixet has blunted the impact of the novel's ending just as she has softened Roth's misanthropic depiction of Kepesh and, as a result, she's taken flak for being over-polite. I didn't care."
‑ Sandra Hall, Sydney Morning Herald
"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."
‑ Leslie Felperin, Variety
"A remarkable example of the actor at his best -- conveying wounded hurt or burning hunger with a glance."
‑ Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger
"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."
‑ Brandon Judell, GreenCine
"A film which stays and stays."
‑ Julie Rigg, MovieTime, ABC Radio National
"Ben Kingsley is extraordinary, but Penelope Cruz is just astounding as Consuela. It is really a beautiful film."
‑ Margaret Pomeranz, At the Movies (Australia)
"Penelope Cruz is outstanding in an otherwise lame male fantasy."
‑ Ray Bennett, Hollywood Reporter
"Elegy gives Ben Kingsley one of the best roles of his career."
‑ Andrea Gronvall, Chicago Reader
"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."
‑ Mike Scott, Times-Picayune
"An intelligent tale of aging, beauty, love and loss."
‑ Jenni Dawes, FILMINK (Australia)
"Beauty, obsession and longing are the central themes of this hypnotic but ultimately flawed drama in which Ben Kingsley's ageing college professor falls in lust with Penelope Cruz' stunning and vulnerable student."
‑ Louise Keller, Urban Cinefile
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