Elsa & Fred
Elsa & Fred (2008)

Two aging Spanish widowers find their fading passion for romance unexpectedly rekindled during a visit to Rome's Trevi Fountain in this romantic comedy starring China Zorrilla and Manuel Alexandre.

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: July 5, 2006
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Critic Score: 53% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Boosted by charming performances by the octogenarian leads, Elsa and Fred overcomes its schmaltzy premise to make for a satisfying romantic tale.

John Hartl
Seattle Times

In the end, only the veteran actors playing Elsa and Fred make the movie watchable.

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Richard Nilsen
Arizona Republic

For some, the movie will be an emotional paean to love at the twilight of life; to others, though, it's a contrived, manipulative film calculatedly sentimental and -- except for poor Alfredo -- totally false to life.

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Sarah Boslaugh

Director Marcos Carnevale makes sure to get his ticket punched at every station in this journey through cinematic convention.

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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

This starts to get interesting in the homestretch, as the woman's chronic deception begins to catch up with her, but for the most part it's an extended Geritol commercial.

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Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle

Elsa & Fred is worth seeing just to admire how Argentine writer-director Marcos Carnevale avoids so much as a whiff of condescension.

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Bill White
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

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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Dan Zak
Washington Post

Elsa & Fred feels not substantial enough to bear the weight of its themes. It dissolves like cotton candy, making proper digestion impossible.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

A sweet but inconsequential romantic comedy.

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Steve Davis
Austin Chronicle

The dream fulfillment seems more silly than romantic, and it brings the movie to an abrupt end that is wholly unsatisfying.

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Flixster Audience Score: 92% Flixster User Reviews
Cynthia S.
Absolutely charming, lovely little film that is sweet, funny, and a little bit sad. A little slow paced, but not at all boring. These two elderly people were… More
Yinalí Ríos
I loved this movie a whole lot.
Manu Gino
Very good movie I know everyone excepts kids maybe would like to see and enjoy. Aging widowers Elsa and Fred visit the Trevi Fountain in Rome, the landmark from… More
Rodrigo Ramirez Corona
It's a great movie, a love story born in the older but felt as a youngster.
Walter M.
In "Elsa and Fred," Fred(Manuel Alexandre) is a recent widower who sells his house and moves into a smaller apartment with his dog Bonaparte. Flush… More