Elsa y Fred
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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. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 55%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"In the end, only the veteran actors playing Elsa and Fred make the movie watchable."
‑ John Hartl, Seattle Times
"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."
‑ Richard Nilsen, Arizona Republic
"Director Marcos Carnevale makes sure to get his ticket punched at every station in this journey through cinematic convention."
‑ Sarah Boslaugh, Playback:stl
"When one thinks of on-screen chemistry, rarely, if ever, do you think of characters in their seventies."
‑ Jeanne Kaplan, Kaplan vs. Kaplan
"Convincingly proves even to teens (not likely to be in the audience, unfortunately), that you're never too old for romance."
‑ Harvey S. Karten, Compuserve
"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."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"Elsa & Fred is worth seeing just to admire how Argentine writer-director Marcos Carnevale avoids so much as a whiff of condescension."
‑ Ruthe Stein, San Francisco Chronicle
"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."
‑ Bill White, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"This little gem will have the mature moviegoer completely under its spell."
‑ David Kaplan, Kaplan vs. Kaplan
"Marcos Carnevale's patronizing take on the relationship between an elderly widow and widower in Madrid unspools like the vision of a middle-aged person intent on propagating stereotypes about youthfulness and the golden years."
‑ John P. McCarthy, Boxoffice Magazine
"Elsa & Fred feels not substantial enough to bear the weight of its themes. It dissolves like cotton candy, making proper digestion impossible."
‑ Dan Zak, Washington Post
"A sweet but inconsequential romantic comedy."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"The dream fulfillment seems more silly than romantic, and it brings the movie to an abrupt end that is wholly unsatisfying."
‑ Steve Davis, Austin Chronicle
"Elsa is obsessed with the "Fontana di Trevi" sequence from La Dolce Vita, but that's only a reminder that the aging Fellini once accomplished far more effective films about old age and second chances."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"The transformation of a fear-based man by a Zorba-the-Greek-like woman with a zest for life, enthusiasm, and creative daring."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
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