(2005)

Critic Reviews

45

Metascore

Based on 37 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
63
ReelViews
What's sad is that Elizabethtown contains two GREAT sequences.
60
The A.V. Club
Only a truly great director can make a film of high artistic merit, filled with personality and memorable scenes, that's still a borderline disaster. (Think One From The Heart or 1941.) So the heartfelt and woefully miscalculated Elizabethtown may be the film that marks Cameron Crowe's arrival as a truly great director.
60
L.A. Weekly
Crowe's undeniable gifts -- his well-crafted individual scenes and his love for his characters -- are more evident here than his flaws.
58
Entertainment Weekly
Think of Elizabethtown as Cameron Crowe's rambling amateur travelogue, one from a well-liked professional filmmaker momentarily so distracted by private notes scrawled on his souvenir map that he gets lost en route to telling his story of self-renewal. This undershaped, overlong warmedy is an homage to the memory of his late father.
50
The Hollywood Reporter
Tedious humor and sentimentality bury what could have been a pretty good road picture.
50
Variety
Although rich in screwball silliness and sharp one-liners, film lacks the narrative drive one finds in the classic comedies of Preston Sturges, Frank Capra and Billy Wilder, whom Crowe always seems to try to emulate.
50
Village Voice
Where the earlier flick (Garden State), in its smallness, felt like an honest representation of writer-director-star Zach Braff's struggles with notions of home, Crowe's is a hodgepodge of great ideas and moods in search of a plot to enrich.
50
Dallas Observer
It's a mess, absolutely, more a collage than a narrative.
38
New York Daily News
Crowe was going for something magical in all this, but the film is so affected and mannered, so preciously in love with itself, that it's painful to watch. Scenes go on and on, and when you think the movie's over, it goes on and on some more.
25
Chicago Tribune
So many romantic comedies come and go without making the slightest impression. Elizabethtown is not one of them; I found it galling.

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