Water for Elephants
Water for Elephants (2011)

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… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: April 22, 2011
DVD Release Date: November 1, 2011
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Critic Score: 60% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: It's a tale tastefully told and beautifully filmed, but Water for Elephants suffers from a pronounced lack of chemistry between its leads.

Leah Rozen

Supporting characters are too hastily sketched in, serving only to further the unsmooth course of true love.

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David Denby
New Yorker

The movie rather embarrassingly sells chastity in the midst of what feels like a lawless situation. It's handsomely mounted but timid.

Will Leitch

This movie doesn't have half the imagination of even the most subpar circus and, all told, I think it even has fewer elephants.

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Christine Champ

Water for Elephants may not be the best show on earth, but it's still quite a show.

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James Berardinelli

The great intangible of chemistry isn't present, making Water for Elephants seem longer and slower than one might hope.

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Amy Curtis
We Got This Covered

The leads lack chemistry and the movie has a very cookie-cutter love story that was far too predictable.

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Dave Calhoun
Time Out

'Water for Elephants' has charm, and this more grown up role suits Pattinson more than the histrionics of last year's 'Remember Me'.

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Dana Stevens

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?

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Roger Moore
Tribune News Service

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 70% Flixster User Reviews
Dean McKenna
I see Jacob's (Robert Pattinson) tale is one of tragedy, deceit, illusion, abuse (animal, spousal and workplace), drunkenness, murder and secret love.… More
Japes .
This was a really cute movie. There was definitely no chemistry between Witherspoon or Pattinson, but it was pretty good. Nothing special or different about it.… More
Megan S
I LOVED the book and I figured that the movie wasn't going to live up to it, and I was right so it wasn't a major letdown. The book was so intense,… More
Lucas Martins
An artificial, cliche and silly romantic story. A messy mix of Titanic, Twilight and Freaks, Water for Elephants is a bad decision in Waltz career. The… More
danny d
very entertaining, and actually well executed for what it was. the story itself was just an old story in new clothes, so it failed to be overly compelling, but… More
Raymond Wieser
I haven't read the book, but the film is wonderfully told, and absolutely breathtakingly shot. Some people say that Robert Pattinson can't act, and… More