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.
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
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
A remarkable example of the actor at his best -- conveying wounded hurt or burning hunger with a glance. full review
Elegy gives Ben Kingsley one of the best roles of his career. full review
It's beautifully photographed and slowly paced, all the better to emphasize the film's emphasis on and exploration of deep feelings. 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. 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. 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. 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 full review
Director Isabel Coixet sees David's tragedy, but also his life force, and she draws brilliant work out of Cruz. full review
Wonderful writing, good performances, beautiful photography, and a lot of food for thought.
It's beautiful, but nobody involved was ever sure what the movie was actually about, or why they were making it. full review
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