(2005)

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Based on 16 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
83
And 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.
75
Worth seeing just to admire how Argentine writer-director Marcos Carnevale avoids so much as a whiff of condescension.
75
Chicago Tribune
Though recalling a truckload of antecedents, "Harold and Maude" and "Sweet November" among them, Elsa & Fred manages enough fresh touches and performance subtleties to stand alone as an irresistible, bittersweet comedy.
75
A disarming Spanish dramedy of late-life love, speaks a universal language.
75
Sentimental, formulaic, predictable and shamelessly manipulative, Marcos Carnevale's tale of late-life love is also genuinely heartbreaking and heartening.
63
Chicago Sun-Times
A sweet but inconsequential romantic comedy.
60
The film may be fearlessly sentimental, but it is sturdy enough to provide rewarding major roles for two veterans, who are of an age when such starring parts are rare.
60
By movie's end, director Marcos Carnevale has made it possible for you to see Elsa through Fred's eyes. Love has bloomed late -- but with sweet exuberance -- in this romantic charmer.
50
Elsa & Fred does graze against an interesting idea: that the vitality of our youths lives on in the prison of aging bodies.
40
Will likely warm the cockles of your heart, even though it's hardly the stuff of great romance.

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