Water for Elephants
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Based on the acclaimed bestseller, Water for Elephants presents an unexpected romance in a uniquely compelling setting. Veterinary school student Jacob meets and falls in love with Marlena, a star performer in a circus of a bygone era. They discover beauty amidst the world of the Big Top, and come together through their compassion for a special elephant. Against all odds -- including the wrath of Marlena's charismatic but dangerous husband, August -- Jacob and Marlena find lifelong love. (c) Fox

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 60%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Supporting characters are too hastily sketched in, serving only to further the unsmooth course of true love."
‑ Leah Rozen, TheWrap
"The movie rather embarrassingly sells chastity in the midst of what feels like a lawless situation. It's handsomely mounted but timid."
‑ David Denby, New Yorker
"This movie doesn't have half the imagination of even the most subpar circus and, all told, I think it even has fewer elephants."
‑ Will Leitch, Deadspin
""Water for Elephants" is a surprisingly good film that once again shows that first impressions aren't everything."
‑ Jeff Beck, Examiner.com
"The film is certainly striking to look at but the story is hackneyed with too much exposition"
‑ Laurence Boyce, The Baltic Times
"Water for Elephants may not be the best show on earth, but it's still quite a show."
‑ Christine Champ, Film.com
"The great intangible of chemistry isn't present, making Water for Elephants seem longer and slower than one might hope."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"The leads lack chemistry and the movie has a very cookie-cutter love story that was far too predictable."
‑ Amy Curtis, We Got This Covered
"Effectively hits the right emotional beats with crucially the right amount of restraint."
‑ Michael Dequina, TheMovieReport.com
"It plays like a book with half of its pages ripped out. It moves quickly enough, but it's never convincing and the actors never get much to chew on. The end result isn't really a 'whirlwind' romance; it's more like a tumbleweed."
‑ Eric Melin, Scene-Stealers.com
"'Water for Elephants' has charm, and this more grown up role suits Pattinson more than the histrionics of last year's 'Remember Me'."
‑ Dave Calhoun, Time Out
"Isn't it OK, once in a while, just to enjoy the spectacle of two beautiful people kissing in a train car in the shadow of an elephant?"
‑ Dana Stevens, Slate
"Whatever romance Gruen summoned forth from this rough and tumble world of show people living by their own laws in a traveling, self-contained world of poverty and cruelty, director Francis Lawrence has hacked and ground it off."
‑ Roger Moore, McClatchy-Tribune News Service
"I love it when a film surprises me."
‑ James Plath, Movie Metropolis
"The real appeal of this movie is the epic backdrop of the 1930s-era train circus. This is where the special effects and costuming budget went."
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
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