It's not easy to be life-affirming and satirical in the same breath, and Crowe can't quite manage the job.
The hero's nuclear family and kooky rural relatives are so sketchily conceived that none of the intended comedy works, and the balance of the movie is given over to one of Crowe's sugary romances. full review
The film's problems lie with the lack of spark between a wired Dunst and a bland Bloom.
Leaves one adrift on a raft of morose questions. How could this vacuous movie have got made? Didn't anyone at Paramount, which paid for the film, read the script? And also: What in the world has happened to Cameron Crowe?
Cameron Crowe is a romantic at heart and there's nothing wrong with that. full review
Elizabethtown never quite feels like itself, whatever that self might be; it's as if another, subtly but significantly different movie were desperately trying to break through its skin. full review
To swallow Elizabethtown without experiencing a sharp tummy cramp of disbelief, you have to accept Orlando Bloom as a tormented soul. full review
Elizabethtown isn't a refuge for the soul, it's a dead end for the senses. full review
Not even the soundtrack can save this Crowe effort.
Cameron Crowe's romantic comedy Elizabethtown is a mess, but it's such an amiable, bighearted mess that it manages to remain entertaining even as it's going hopelessly astray.
Like most journeys, Elizabethtown could have used a bit more planning; its detours make backseat drivers of us all. full review
Choppily edited and only sporadically funny.
Whether Elizabethtown proves to be Crowe's Johnstown or just a run-of- the-mill flood, it's still a soggy mess. full review
It's an awfully self-indulgent picture, but Crowe's indulgences pay off beautifully. full review
The trailer for Elizabethtown hits on every major plot point in the film and is roughly 121 minutes shorter. See that instead. full review
This, folks, is not entertainment.
But as messy, unfocused and rambling as this is, fundamentally flawed as any movie about loss that doesn't let its characters or its viewers feel that loss, it's still a most-enjoyable mess to sit through, a Southern-fried Garden State. full review