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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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Netflix Rating: 3.3
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
Rotten Tomatoes: Fresh 74%
Critics' score: 74   Audience score: 60   Rotten Tomatoes page
Top Rotten Tomatoes Critics

With his fierce, impeccable craft Kingsley shows us around David's tortured, preening, desperate psyche. full review

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. full review

Leslie Felperin, Variety

Elegy is a rare treat: a serious film that, thanks to Kingsley and the rest, doesn't seem to take itself too seriously. full review

Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic

A remarkable example of the actor at his best -- conveying wounded hurt or burning hunger with a glance. full review

Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger

Elegy gives Ben Kingsley one of the best roles of his career. full review

Andrea Gronvall, Chicago Reader

It's beautifully photographed and slowly paced, all the better to emphasize the film's emphasis on and exploration of deep feelings. full review

Tom Maurstad, Dallas Morning News

The best dramatic film of the year so far. full review

Tom Long, Detroit News

Occasionally touching, always interesting. full review

Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel

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. full review

Peter Howell, Toronto Star

It's nicely done. full review

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

Kingsley perfectly tunes his performance to these psychological nuances, the strong features in his face undone by an anxious flicker of his eyes. full review

Rick Groen, Globe and Mail

The delicious conflict of a thinker poleaxed by his feelings inflames Isabel Coixet's smoldering Elegy, based on Roth's novella The Dying Animal. full review

Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer

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 full review

Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune

Director Isabel Coixet sees David's tragedy, but also his life force, and she draws brilliant work out of Cruz. full review

Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly

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. full review

Andrew O'Hehir, Salon.com

A spare, meditative and melancholy film. full review

Claudia Puig, USA Today

Spanish director Isabel Coixet displays what is almost reverence for the material. You can imagine her whispering on the set. She brings out the absolute best in her top-notch cast. full review

Ruthe Stein, San Francisco Chronicle

A windbaggy film of Phillip Roth's novella The Dying Animal. full review

Linda Stasi, New York Post
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