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'Water for Elephants' Review Round-Up: What Critics Are Saying!

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Apr. 22 2011, Published 8:44 a.m. ET

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Already have your ticket to see Water for Elephants? The hotly anticipated film starring Hollywood heartthrob Robert Pattinson opposite Oscar winners Reese Witherspoon and Christoph Waltz hits the box office today and so far the reviews are mixed. Rob plays Jacob, a veterinary school student who runs away from home and joins the circus. He falls for Marlena (Reese), even though she’s married to the dangerous circus leader (Christoph).

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The film is directed by Francis Lawrence and based on the best-selling novel by Sara Gruen.

Positive Reviews

"In an age of prefabricated special effects and obviously phony spectacle, it's sort of old-fashioned (and a pleasure) to see a movie made of real people and plausible sets." Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times

"A splendid period swooner that delivers classic romance and an indelible insider's view of 1930s circus life." — Variety's Peter Debruge

"There is quite a bit to enjoy in a film that certainly qualifies as broad-based popular entertainment." — Los Angeles Times critic Kenneth Turan

"Like The Notebook, but with an elephant, the unexpectedly good film version of Water for Elephants elevates pure corn to a completely satisfying realm of romantic melodrama." — Michael Phillips The Chicago Tribune

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Not-so-Positive Reviews

"Witherspoon and Pattinson are a three-ring snooze-fest together, bringing little passion to a love story supposedly so fiery, it blows the roof off the big top." — David Germain of the Associated Press

"Short-circuits the novel's quirky charms and period atmosphere by its squeamish attitude toward gritty circus life and smothers the drama under James Newton Howard's insufferable wall-to-wall musical soup." — Stephen Holden of the New York Times

"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." —  Lou Lumenick of New York Post

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Are you planning on seeing Water for Elephants this weekend? Do you listen to bad reviews? Or do you just want to watch RPattz for a 90 minutes on the big screen? Sound off in the comments below!

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