Based on the novel by Sara Gruen.
" Supporting characters are too hastily sketched in, serving only to further the unsmooth course of true love. "
" From scene to scene, and plot point to plot point, nothing connects. Pattinson, Witherspoon, and Waltz perform in separate rings of their three-ring circus. "
" "Water for Elephants" is a circus tale, full of drunks, tossed-off circus wisdom and forlorn animals, including a beautiful elephant. "
" You know where the thing is headed. Still, it's fun to watch. "
" 'Water for Elephants' has charm, and this more grown up role suits Pattinson more than the histrionics of last year's 'Remember Me'. "
" The movie rather embarrassingly sells chastity in the midst of what feels like a lawless situation. It's handsomely mounted but timid. "
" Does the sheer Hollywood hoopla add up to a perversely enjoyable brand of something that can be loosely called entertainment? I think it does. "
" Usually, you have to wait for the end-of-the-year awards season to see an elaborate period piece that fails as spectacularly as "Water for Elephants." "
" Isn't it OK, once in a while, just to enjoy the spectacle of two beautiful people kissing in a train car in the shadow of an elephant? "
" Water For Elephants is not, to borrow the Benzini Bros. Circus' motto -- "the most spectacular show on Earth." But it is a class act. "
" As usual, Pattinson's acting consists of shaking his head and whimpering. "
" Director Francis Lawrence and writer Richard LaGravenese replicate just enough of the novel's fantasy to keep audiences involved, even if the results hardly add up to the most spectacular show at the cineplex. "
" The film has a pleasing retro-ness that often mitigates the dullness. "
" How do I count the ways this movie goes wrong? "
" Witherspoon sparkles appropriately, Waltz is indeed one scary dude and Pattinson acquits himself well enough, although he leans too much on grinning as a default reaction. "
" The great intangible of chemistry isn't present, making Water for Elephants seem longer and slower than one might hope. "
" Witherspoon makes an incongruously squeaky Marlena, and it doesn't help that Pattinson is about as ardently expressive as a log of wood trying to pass itself off as James Dean. "
" The script by Richard LaGravenese, who is well-versed in adapting popular fiction such as Bridges of Madison County, lacks the sparkle of his best work. "
" Water for Elephants may not be the best show on earth, but it's still quite a show. "
" "Water for Elephants" is one ring short of a three-ring hit. "
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