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Elegy

08eleg75 Cultural critic David Kepesh (Ben Kingsley) sits comfortably in his ivory tower, divorced from any romantic or familial entanglements. That is, until the striking 24-year-old daughter (Penélope Cruz) of Cuban exiles reawakens his sense of sexual excitement. Their unlikely bond yields shocking revelations that change David's life forever. Spanish director Isabel Coixet helms this star-studded adaptation of the Philip Roth novel The Dying Animal.
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NYT Review
"Elegy" is such a serious, oftentimes grave exploration of desire and the ways of aging that it's a miracle the two central characters have as much sex as they do. Read the review
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With his fierce, impeccable craft Kingsley shows us around David's tortured, preening, desperate psyche.
 
Penelope Cruz is outstanding in an otherwise lame male fantasy.
Ray Bennett, Hollywood Reporter
 
Sparse, low-budget drama, helmed by Spaniard Isabel Coixet, intelligently translates Roth's meditation on lust and mortality without soft-pedaling its narrator's brutally honest, unabashedly sexist views.
Leslie Felperin, Variety  full review
 
Elegy is a rare treat: a serious film that, thanks to Kingsley and the rest, doesn't seem to take itself too seriously.
Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic  full review
 
A remarkable example of the actor at his best -- conveying wounded hurt or burning hunger with a glance.
Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger  full review
 
Elegy gives Ben Kingsley one of the best roles of his career.
Andrea Gronvall, Chicago Reader  full review
 
It's beautifully photographed and slowly paced, all the better to emphasize the film's emphasis on and exploration of deep feelings.
Tom Maurstad, Dallas Morning News  full review
 
The best dramatic film of the year so far.
Tom Long, Detroit News  full review
 
Occasionally touching, always interesting.
Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel  full review
 
The difference this time is the overall quality of the performances. Kingsley and Cruz make the most credible lovers [director Isabel] Coixet has ever paired.
Peter Howell, Toronto Star  full review
 
It's nicely done.
Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times  full review
 
Kingsley perfectly tunes his performance to these psychological nuances, the strong features in his face undone by an anxious flicker of his eyes.
Rick Groen, Globe and Mail  full review
 
The delicious conflict of a thinker poleaxed by his feelings inflames Isabel Coixet's smoldering Elegy, based on Roth's novella The Dying Animal.
Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer  full review
 
Elegy is a curious example of misplaced good taste. Spanish-born director Isabel Coixet's film, adapted by Nicholas Meyer, recasts into softer, more palatable material the...third in Philip Roth's stories driven by the sensual obsessions of Roth al
Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune  full review
 
Director Isabel Coixet sees David's tragedy, but also his life force, and she draws brilliant work out of Cruz.
Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly  full review
 
Wonderful writing, good performances, beautiful photography, and a lot of food for thought.
Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
 
It's beautiful, but nobody involved was ever sure what the movie was actually about, or why they were making it.
Andrew O'Hehir, Salon.com  full review
 
A spare, meditative and melancholy film.
Claudia Puig, USA Today  full review
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