“Eat, Pray, Love Delivers, Shows Us Anything But Doesn't Teach Us Anything...”
“Eat, Pray, And Watch Paint Dry On The Wall!”
“Bland With Some Great Scenery”
“I Hate These 'overall Quotes'. Read My Review. No One-sentence Cop Outs For Lazy Readers!”
“What Would Appear To Be The Ultimate Chick-flick Is Actually A Beautifully Directed Film That Focuses On Universal Themes And Issues That Anyone Can Relate To, While Featuring Some Of The Best Acting Performances Of The Year.”
“Awesome Photography, Schmaltzy Story.”
If only Roberts' warmth, coupled with Javier Bardem's scruffy sexiness as Felipe, were enough to compensate for the folded-map flatness of this production.
Lisa Schwarzbaum - Entertainment Weekly
Its span may be global, but its scope is modest, and it accepts a certain superficiality as the price of useful insight.
A.O. Scott - New York Times
Though there are a handful of funny lines, the deeper observations are facile. The whole journey feels like a rich girl gone slumming.
Claudia Puig - USA Today
The film's most crucial constituency -- the book's rabid fans -- are likely to feel well served by Murphy's adaptation, which hews pretty faithfully to Gilbert's story.
Ann Hornaday - Washington Post
At the moment, the only person eating more delectably in Italy is Tilda Swinton in I Am Love.
Wesley Morris - Boston Globe
A well-meant, if not exactly transcendent, adaptation of Elizabeth Gilbert's beloved, Oprah-endorsed memoir.
Elizabeth Weitzman - New York Daily News
The book's internal dialogue, that of a good observer with a lively mind, has turned into the extravagantly external and cloyingly earnest quest of a woman in deep distress.
Joe Morgenstern - Wall Street Journal
Roberts is the obvious focus here, but she's enough of a pro to get out of the way and let a scene be stolen.
Chris Vognar - Dallas Morning News
It may come as a bit of a shock to some that the most interesting turns in the woman-on-a-quest sojourn don't belong to Roberts, luminous though she is. Those are owned by a number of misty-eyed if masculine menfolk.
Lisa Kennedy - Denver Post
Mostly it's the pleasant company of Julia Roberts that makes Eat Pray Love a benign, sometimes soporific slide into femme fantasy -- a less vulgar shopping trip than Sex and the City 2.
Kathleen Murphy - MSN Movies
We're not so much involved in the movie as idly registering it -- eavesdropping, almost, on a conversation at an adjoining table.
David Denby - New Yorker
You can see how it would be fun to spend a year traveling with Gilbert. A lot more fun than spending nearly 2.5 hours watching a movie about it.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
The film is a fairly faithful transcription of events, even though Liz, as played by Roberts, carries a faint air of entitlement. I'm not sure this could be avoided on screen.
Michael Phillips - Chicago Tribune
Only hard-core fans of Oprah's BFF will be able to stomach this navel-gazing tripe, which posits "me-first" consumerism as the road to happiness.
Andrea Gronvall - Chicago Reader
Lives are messy. A little mess in the movie wouldn't have hurt at all.
Steven Rea - Philadelphia Inquirer
The film version's biggest challenge? The road to self-discovery is littered with cliches.
Kristin Tillotson - Minneapolis Star Tribune
An insane fantasy for rich people.
Adam Graham - Detroit News
Unlike the book, there's no big emotional breakdown; instead, this is a postcard-pretty case of midlife soul-searching.
Randy Cordova - Arizona Republic
The food looks great, but the romance is undercooked, and God remains strictly a bit player.
Justin Chang - Variety
Even if you buy Roberts as an introspective writer (I didn't), there's no real sense of an emotional journey here.
Lou Lumenick - New York Post
Eat Pray Love isn't a bad movie -- just a spiritually dead one, wearing and wearying.
Roger Moore - Orlando Sentinel
Glibly portrays selfishness as a life choice, ranking gluttony on a par with finding God and a life partner.
Peter Howell - Toronto Star
Eat Pray Love is like an overstuffed lightweight suitcase, with little room for us to feel the emotional connections Liz makes with new friends along the way.
Jennie Punter - Globe and Mail
A minor and superficial summer diversion that offers female viewers not much more than a two-hour escape fantasy.
Andrew O'Hehir - Salon.com
I stopped trusting the movie.
Dana Stevens - Slate
An overlong bore that either mistakenly thinks it's something more than a humdrum romance or has incorporated a variety of pretentions as window-dressing.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
A heavily idealized journey of self-discovery with a pretty woman (Julia Roberts), pretty scenery and a pretty shallow view of Eastern spirituality.
Kirk Honeycutt - Hollywood Reporter
It provides a gorgeous escape, exquisitely photographed and full of female wish fulfillment. Yet it also offers sufficient emotional heft and self-discovery to make you feel as if you've actually learned something.
Christy Lemire - Associated Press
Watching the relationship between Liz and Felipe evolve from a comforting friendship to a love that's both companionable and sexy is gratifying.
Mary F. Pols - TIME Magazine
The movie left me with the feeling of being trapped with a person of privilege who won't stop with the whine whine whine.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
For two decades, Julia Roberts has been a bona fide movie star, and she shines in his gorgeous if overlong travelogue.
Richard Roeper - Richard Roeper.com
It helps that Roberts rides all the turbulent waves with such ease and such grace, that Jenkins knows exactly what to do with his internal churn, and that Bardem can do no wrong.
Betsy Sharkey - Los Angeles Times
Eat Pray Love is overlong and quickly becomes tedious. It features narcissistic, inward looking characters of no interest at all and amounts to a very poorly made film.
Will Chadwick - We Got This Covered
Nell Minow - Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
A seemingly interminable romantic travelogue that feels as though it takes as long to watch as the year-long spiritual quest it depicts.
Jason Best - Movie Talk
The film version is pure wish-fulfillment fantasy.
Connie Ogle - Miami Herald
Julia's late career seems an apologia for buying someone else's husband and getting away with it, for the most part, in the court of public opinion.
Walter Chaw - Film Freak Central
During the India scenes, Liz accuses Richard from Texas of spouting a bunch of bumper-sticker slogans... as though her revelations are any better.
Andy Klein - Christian Science Monitor
[Takes] itself too seriously, even while it contains all the trappings of one of the most lighthearted movie genres, the 'travel romance' or 'travel therapy' movie.
Jeffrey Chen - Window to the Movies
full review at Movies for the Masses
Joseph Proimakis - Movies for the Masses
El mayor problema es el subrayado permanente de lo que suele llamarse "mensaje", eso que supuestamente el espectador debe descubrir en el transcurso de una pelicula y llevarse al final para su casa y que aqui esta servido como receta.
Enrique Buchichio - Uruguay Total
Merely good and not great as many fans of the book hoped it would be.
Katina Vangopoulos - Moviedex
Eat Pray Love is a two hour and fifteen minute ad for being rich; it's a smug, patronising travelogue that -- despite its already apt title -- could have also been called First World Problems: The Movie.
Simon Miraudo - Quickflix
On the surface a beautiful film. But those looking for some hidden spiritual meaning be warned - Eat Pray Love doesn't go that deep.
Sam Bathe - Fan The Fire
It's as though the "phenomenon" of Eat Pray Love got away on itself and, rather than casting a self-deprecating, unknown actress who could embody 30-something middle-class angst, they chose the biggest, richest movie star of the lot.
Rebecca Barry - Flicks.co.nz
Eat Pray Love ... [hits] its target demographic right between the eyes, but in the same way that a self-help book may appeal to thousands, it will never be great literature.
Matt Neal - The Standard
Narcissistic nonsense, styled within an inch of its life in the manner of food, fashion and travel magazines.
Julie Rigg - MovieTime, ABC Radio National
The fatal flaw of Eat Pray Love is that for a celebration of enlightenment through travel and the benefits of restorative calm, the end result is so hollow and artificial. Don't mistake entitlement for enlightenment.
Fiona Williams - sbs.com.au
A tiresome, humourless, lifeless, overlong dirge in which the lofty pretention to say something deep about the quest for self and the female condition all gets blown away by an insipid, off-the-shelf romantic-movie ending.
Jim Schembri - The Age (Australia)
The chemistry shared by Roberts and Bardem is alert, alive and alluring: everything the rest of Eat Pray Love should have been, but shied away from.
Leigh Paatsch - Herald Sun (Australia)
The director, Ryan Murphy, brings only the most obvious sentiments to the borderline intolerable proceedings.
David Stratton - At the Movies (Australia)
There?s too much eating, too much praying and too much loving. I should have known given the title.
Matthew Toomey - ABC Radio Brisbane
Basically a picaresque rom-com about a girl who needs to feel OK about having everything she could ever want.
Sandra Hall - Sydney Morning Herald
It is a perfectly competently constructed movie, and an enjoyable one too.
Vera Bermuda - The Vine
Give me real emotions of guilt, embarrassment and confusion any day over the forgettable trite this film exudes.
Beth Wilson - Trespass
While undeniably a chick flick, this is a classy one bolstered by an all-round excellent cast and well crafted script.
Annette Basile - FILMINK (Australia)
Of course, we should remember that the film delivers exactly what it promises by way of the ultimate romantic fantasy for women over 30 or so (divorced or not)
Andrew L. Urban - Urban Cinefile
While it touches the main plot points of Elizabeth Gilbert's bestselling novel like stepping stones, it is left to Julia Roberts' bewitching smile and Javier Bardem's sensuality to convince us that Liz's journey of self discovery is one we want to take
Louise Keller - Urban Cinefile
Preaching to the converted, fans of the book should be sated. Julia Roberts is easy to love.
David Michael Brown - Empire Magazine Australasia
Eat lots of popcorn to distract you, pray for it to end, and love Richard Jenkins. Amen.
Ben Rawson-Jones - Digital Spy
It's in equal measure patronising, sententious and obnoxious.
David Sexton - This is London
A sparkier and more soul-searching script would have made this a much more satisfying journey.
Henry Fitzherbert - Daily Express
An insipid slice of take-charge-of-your-life hokum...
Alistair Harkness - Scotsman
A movie of picture postcard landscapes and ridiculously hunky blokes, this is very much cinematic comfort food where the answers to life's problems come a little too neatly gift-wrapped.
David Edwards - Daily Mirror [UK]
A film titled Eat Pray Love should at least capture a spiritual experience and offer romance with some sizzle. This felt more like Eat Grieve Befriend.
Camerin Courtney - Christianity Today
On and on it goes, 140 minutes of tranquillising non-drama. Is there anything to wonder at in its journey to the centre of an ego?
Anthony Quinn - Independent
Roberts is luminous against breathtaking locations including all of Rome's landmarks and colourful, sun-nourished eastern landscapes.
Catherine Jones - Liverpool Echo
In the end, the film is far less affecting or thought-provoking than the book.
Sukhdev Sandhu - Daily Telegraph
Sit, watch, groan. Yawn, fidget, stretch. Eat Snickers, pray for end of dire film about Julia Roberts's emotional growth, love the fact it can't last for ever. Wince, daydream, frown.
What's the worst foreign journey you've ever experienced? Mine is this movie.
Christopher Tookey - Daily Mail [UK]
Roberts' character is difficult to feel sorry for before she sets off on this postcardperfect self-healing binge. She becomes near impossible to like as it becomes apparent we're watching a huge holiday video.
- Total Film
The cast is spectacular: Roberts looks relaxed, luminous and credible, Javier Bardem is suitably rugged as her new lover, while Richard Jenkins is brilliant as her grumbling prayer pal.
Karen Krizanovich - Radio Times
An intriguing story brimming with possibilities is softened beyond all meaning by this glossy Hollywood production.
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall
A beautiful, languid travelogue, although with some of the source novel's empowerment diluted.
Tony Horkins - Empire Magazine
The movie is aware of its own riches; it fills up your plate and dares you not to eat.
Joshua Rothkopf - Time Out
If you like Roberts and understand what it means to ''smile with your liver'', this is the film for you.
Roz Laws - Birmingham Post
Roberts' gorgeousness is served up sacrificially to 140 minutes of psychobabbling "insights", many of them trite or questionable, all of them wearisome.
Nigel Andrews - Financial Times
Avoid Like Plague.
Edward Noble - Sky Movies
Eat Pray Love has some decent performances and the occasional good moment but it's ultimately let down by a tedious, self-satisfied script, a shocking lack of humour and a criminally indulgent running time.
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
I admired Julia Roberts' grasping for something meatier, but this film sticks her with an unrelatable character that even her coltish smile can't beautify.
Christopher Lloyd - Sarasota Herald-Tribune
A drive-through take on mid-life spirituality - with lots of food and travel porn
Corey Hall - Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Enough compelling moments to make one want to grab the book and fill in the blanks that the movie's script seems to have left out.
Bruce Bennett - Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Eat, Pray, Love was more like eat, pray for it to end, gag. Sample from its menu at your own risk.
Beth Accomando - KPBS.org
Though many movies have explored Eastern culture and juxtaposed it against the American experience, there still is something to learn here, especially because it repeatedly questions what's important in life.
Christopher Smith - Bangor Daily News (Maine)
It does focus on spirituality, a vital part of most human beings which nevertheless is absent in most films.
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
... is [Elizabeth] Gilbert really the selfish, shallow, immature narcissist we see here?
Jim Lane - Sacramento News & Review
You have got to be kidding me.
Linda Cook - Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Go Pay Suffer
Tony Medley - Tolucan Times
The absolute best I can say about this movie is that I didn't hate it, I didn't mind watching it and I see no reason to ever watch it again.
Ken Hanke - Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
... a self-indulgent, annoying and mostly boring movie.
Lori Hoffman - Atlantic City Weekly
little more than a self-indulgent wallow in white upper-class privilege feigning depth by cloaking itself in fortune cookie wisdom
James Kendrick - Q Network Film Desk
What's inevitably lost is any real attempt to track Liz's internal shifts, the way her travels jostle her preconceived notions of selfhood and spirituality.
Matthew Connolly - Slant Magazine
As summer draws to a close, Eat Pray Love is a pleasurable, sometimes even prayerful, escape.
Annlee Ellingson - Moving Pictures Magazine
Despite splendid scenery and an appealing Julia Roberts, the film of Elizabeth Gilbert's best-seller about her year-long spiritual quest fails to capture the humor and uplift of the book.
Shirley Sealy - Film Journal International
Fans of the memoir might enjoy this film; others will be checking their watches more than once.
Diana Saenger - ReviewExpress.com
I saw it. I didn't feel it. Look, I'm happy for Julia Roberts to travel the world. I just never felt connected to the journey of Liz.
Jeff Bayer - The Scorecard Review
The audience may find itself wondering how it is that Liz manages to find so many places around the world that can maintain her carefully highlighted hair rather than contemplating the spiritual journey
Andrea Chase - Killer Movie Reviews
Try not to hoot when the gaunt Roberts makes a bring-on-the-flab speech to persuade the equally slender Tuva Novotny to eat pizza, even if they get "muffin tops."
A nice leisurely pace.
Dennis Schwartz - Ozus' World Movie Reviews
About the best you can expect from a 21st Century Cinderella with a book deal who had probably already optioned the rights to turn her story into a Hollywood bio-pic.
Kam Williams - Sly Fox
The result isn't spiritual awakening, but a talky travelogue - like riding a tour bus with a passenger who won't shut up about her inner journey.
Sean Means - Salt Lake Tribune
Two and a half hours of staring at your navel, or so it felt. I love Julia Roberts but this movie made you want to scream at the screen, 'Snap out of it!'
Jackie K. Cooper - jackiekcooper.com
Julia Roberts continues to be one of our finest actresses, and she makes this film less tedious than it could have been.
Betty Jo Tucker - ReelTalk Movie Reviews
In a summer dominated (as always) by male-skewering titles, this is a richly rewarding experience for discerning grownups who wouldn't be caught dead seeing Grown Ups.
Matt Brunson - Creative Loafing
You know exactly what you are going to get, kinda like comfort food for your movie going soul.
Willie Waffle - WaffleMovies.com
"Betray Devour Invade" would have been a more appropriate title.
Cole Smithey - ColeSmithey.com
Comes off more like a female midlife crisis fantasy than a substantive search for knowledge and inner peace.
Alison Gang - San Diego Union-Tribune
The movie, which was shot in chronological order in the countries Gilbert visited, is also visually striking, more reminiscent of a travelogue than a Hollywood blockbuster.
Darryl Sterdan - Jam! Movies
Eat Pray Love is the cure for insomnia. The film is boring and a gigantic advertisement for The Travel Channel, Food Network and Lifetime.
Kevin McCarthy - BDK Reviews
Eat Pray Love is ultimately charming and inspirational. Though it doesn't have quite the impact of the book, it will likely leave you pondering your life choices and forgiving your flaws. It will certainly have you forgiving the few flaws in the film.
Jenna Busch - Huffington Post
It's about something important, the search for meaning and happiness, about finding one's inner life amid the clutter and confusion of modern existence.
Mick LaSalle - San Francisco Chronicle
Mired in a milquetoast aesthetic obsessed with trendy "healing" tropes (meditation, close-ups on delicious looking pasta, hunky Javier Bardem etc.).
Robert Levin - Film School Rejects
... an irritating, smug film about a horrible person, a narcissistic destroyer of worlds so caught up in romancing her impossibly sensitive self that she doesn't even notice the needless damage she inflicts on her fellow creatures.
Philip Martin - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
It's the Oprahfication of religion … Liz's time in India is spiritual tourism, as her time in Italy was culinary tourism; it's all a self-help consumerist approach to world cultures.
Steven D. Greydanus - Christianity Today
Eat Pray Love is mostly a slog; never giving us a compelling reason why its heroine does what she does, or how she became quite so tiresomely self- absorbed.
Moira MacDonald - Seattle Times
This is the rare "chick flick" that treats its demographic with respect, never becoming the sentimental or manipulative dreck that so many other filmmakers would have delivered from Elizabeth Gilbert's bestselling memoirs.
Brian Tallerico - HollywoodChicago.com
I've got a fourth verb to add to the comma-challenged title of Julia Roberts' how-to-be-happy travelogue, Eat Pray Love. How about "edit"?
Mike Scott - Times-Picayune
Hanging out with Julia Roberts being all glowy and charming -- even when she's somewhat sad about whatever it is she's sad about -- is still kind of pleasurable.
Dave White - Movies.com
Most of what made the book connect with so many is entirely missing here.
Dezhda Gaubert - E! Online
Eat Pray Love only superficially advocates independence and growth while serving up a steaming pile of pseudo-spiritual hyperbole.
Jen Yamato - Movies.com
Liz figures she needs to spend some time with no one but herself. Speaking as one who has spent 140 minutes with her, I would advise against that.
Eric D. Snider - Cinematical
This film is about a woman trying to move mountains to make herself happy, and the singular quest of every other character in the movie is to serve her in that quest.
Stephen Silver - The Trend
"Eat Pray Love" rests on Roberts' talented shoulders. Her appeal and personality overcome most of the film's defects, including a too-long running time, and some platitudes and words of wisdom that sound as if they were written by Hallmark.
Bob Bloom - Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Goldilocks And The Three Boy Toys. While in search of the chick flick demographic, the misguided message is that hedonism is the new feminism. But Liz does learn a few things, like mastering the art of guilt-free eating and embracing your inner fatty.
Prairie Miller - Purple Revolver
Eat. Pray. Love. Barf....A celebration of self-indulgence trying to pass itself off as profound soul-searching.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
It's a shame the actors have to spoil cinematographer Robert Richardson's artistry by reciting the drivel that passes for dialog.
Dan Lybarger - eFilmCritic.com
The movie is above all a lovely travelogue, plunging us viscerally into the middle of every country.
Gail Pennington - St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Rodney [Dangerfield] may have cracked about "praying after you eat," but this film reflects the need to surfeit before finding balance.
Matthew Sorrento - Bright Lights Film Journal
It's all external trappings trying to express internal developments, and the movie's hand-holding stridency just emphasizes the artificiality of its fantasy.
Tasha Robinson - AV Club
Let the cynics scoff - this is a movie that's beautiful to look at that will leave you with some food for thought, as well.
Daniel M. Kimmel - New England Movies Weekly
There's something ridiculously and deeply sad about what Eat Pray Love reveals about the deprived lives American women lead.
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
The cast, led (by the nose) by Roberts, is pretty. The men are handsome and sensitive. The scenery is beautiful and the techs and production are first class. I still wish that Liz went back to Italy and had another pizza.
Robin Clifford - Reeling Reviews
Find-your-bliss film appeals but raises questions, too.
S. Jhoanna Robledo - Common Sense Media
While Eat Pray Love has some enlightening, touching, visually breathtaking moments, you still end up praying it would end.
Kit Bowen - The Movie Kit
One wonders: Was the screenplay presented to Julia Roberts as a traditional bound manuscript, or as a catalog of bumper stickers?
John Beifuss - Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Roberts is precisely the right actress to play this character: She adamantly refuses to be adorable -- she'd rather just unleash that crazy, unladylike cackle.
Stephanie Zacharek - Movieline
Eat Pray Love is a long marathon full of self pity and poor interaction.
Jolene Mendez - Entertainment Spectrum
If you're in the mood for a Julia Roberts film that provides two hours of "Calgon take me away", this is it.
Jeanne Kaplan - Kaplan vs. Kaplan
Eat Pray Love presents Liz's road to enlightenment in ways that are too reverent, too episodic, and too self-absorbed.
Cynthia Fuchs - PopMatters
If you've ever been on a vacation that becomes an adventure of meeting interesting, vibrant people, "Eat Pray Love" will bring you back.
David Kaplan - Kaplan vs. Kaplan
Rather than winning us over, this protagonist merely annoys. We edge close to AA territory as a friend tells her to "do the work!" He also exhorts her to forgive herself. For what? Boring us to death?
Kimberly Gadette - Indie Movies Online
If only this movie could have stopped at "Eat."
It's a thin line between "self-aware" and "self-involved" and it's one the movie treads uncertainly.
Stephen Whitty - Newark Star-Ledger
Amounts to the McDonalds version of spirituality, but there is some (obvious) truth in the joy of travel and food, the need for a life of balance and reflection.
Peter Canavese - Groucho Reviews
Despite its flaws, an intelligent, beautiful-looking film about the power of one person to radically change the life of another is an unexpected treat in a season of mindless entertainment.
Brian Tallerico - Movie Retriever
Do you always talk in bumper sticker? Julia Roberts asks Richard Jenkins as they banter back and forth at an ashram in India. Yes, he does. And so does Eat Pray Love.
Gary Wolcott - Tri-City Herald
- National Post
A hornet's nest of irrational behavior, wrapped up snugly in a smug, shallow, and diseased feature film that does a masterful job brainlessly wiggling around for an interminable amount of screentime.
Brian Orndorf - BrianOrndorf.com
Exotic, escapist and superficially spiritual, it's shallow, indulgent female wish-fulfillment, sailing off into the sunset.
Susan Granger - www.susangranger.com
Easy to swallow if hard to digest, at 2:20. It's like sitting in a warm bath - except that you run out of hot water a long time before you're allowed to get out of the tub
Marshall Fine - Hollywood & Fine
Julia Roberts is back with her best role since "Erin Brockovich"! Jenkins is amazing, with standout supporting work that deserves serious Oscar consideration. The pacing is solid despite a 133-minute run time & you get so caught up with the...
Keith Cohen - Entertainment Spectrum
A vacuous attempt at chick flick epiphany. For all its postcard prettiness, Eat Pray Love's purported life lessons are so self-absorbed, had our shallow heroine been a man, we'd be booing his caddish behaviour.
Diva Velez - TheDivaReview.com
A female adventure movie aimed almost exclusively at 30 or 40-something women who feel there must be more to life than the way they are currently living it.
Pete Hammond - Back Stage
An effective and frequently satisfying indulgence, but not nearly as much as the book was.
Katey Rich - CinemaBlend.com
Ryan Murphy brings Elizabeth Gilbert's best-selling self-realization memoir to the big screen as a glossy, Julia Roberts starring travelogue that gives more insight into where to get a great pizza than the benefits of striving for enlightenment.
Laura Clifford - Reeling Reviews
Let us not underestimate the contribution of our lead. Roberts plays down the glamour and turns up the soulfulness, and her off-the-charts likability makes her winning and watchable, even when Liz is at her whiny wimpiest.
Robert W. Butler - Kansas City Star
vibrant editing, an intelligible screenplay, and a magnetic performance by Julia Roberts keep Eat, Pray from dipping too far into self-indulgence.
Sean O'Connell - Filmcritic.com
The film knows the aesthetic of enlightenment, the filmmakers demonstrate adoration for their subject, but whether or not the film grasps the principle further is very arguable.
Sara Maria Vizcarrondo - Boxoffice Magazine
Eat Pray Love will be an intense spiritual experience for many who see it - they will end up on their knees, praying for its merciful end.
Gary Thompson - Philadelphia Daily News
Politics and economics hardly exist; each place is populated chiefly by wise exotics who talk funny (including Richard Jenkins' Texan in the ashram) and exist solely to spout slogans and tell stories that make Liz's problems seem small.
Karina Longworth - L.A. Weekly
A sensuous and emotionally cathartic adaptation of Elizabeth Gilbert's spiritual journey to personal transformation and love.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat - Spirituality and Practice
Prairie Miller - NewsBlaze
Was something lost in translation or was the source material not as strong as book sales would have us believe?
Rebecca Murray - About.com
A surprisingly joyless, almost-2-hour fable about finding your joy and starring Julia Roberts, whose innumerable voice-overs become increasingly grating and unwelcome, the film, directed by Ryan Murphy, is inert.
James Verniere - Boston Herald
Overlong, repetitive, too simplistic, and bland despite oodles of breathtaking scenery. It's like a healthy dish that looks aesthetically pleasing, but lacks flavor and needs a more talented chef.
Avi Offer - NYC Movie Guru
Elizabeth Gilbert's phenomenally popular memoir was funny, insightful, and well-written. Amazingly, so is the film.
Clint O'Connor - Cleveland Plain Dealer
At the end of the two and a half hours we get to the same point of all the other stereotypical chick flicks. This is an overly intellectual version of any other Jennifer Lopez or Kate Hudson romantic comedy.
Clay Cane - BET.com
The superficial Eat Pray Love wants to chronicle a person's rejuvenation through revelatory life experience, but it feels like tapas for the soul.
Matt Pais - Metromix.com
The film, which admittedly stumbles in the home stretch and just misses out on something like greatness, is nonetheless a visual and metaphysical delight. Come hungry, come searching, come lonely.
Brandon Fibbs - BrandonFibbs.com
Murphy's film version of the story is relentlessly superficial, a slick, empty travelogue propped up only by Roberts' natural charisma.
Josh Bell - Las Vegas Weekly
[These] are not the teachings one would find for oneself but things out of a self-help book. They feel planned.
Mark Dujsik - Mark Reviews Movies
In short, it probably should have been titled 'Eat Pray Love Sleep' as it becomes increasingly difficult to fight off the latter while watching it. (Parental Review also Available)
Jim Judy - Screen It!
It's hard to call this a bad movie as it is wonderfully and beautifully shot and directed, but its failure to grasp any meaning in its end and its steady decent into boredom make it a failure as a movie overall.
Matthew Razak - Examiner.com
Eat Pray Love lies across the screen like a patient on life support whose ticker is about to tick its last tock.
Brandon Judell - CultureCatch
Roberts has taken a role that could have been played very stereotypically (lonely divorcee' searches for love and the secret of life) and breathes life into it.
Michael A. Smith - Nolan's Pop Culture Review
Awesome photography but possessing more schmaltz than herring shoppers will find at Zabar's on a Sunday shopping spree.
Harvey S. Karten - Compuserve
There were plenty of ways for the film to signify Liz welcoming love back into her life without the trite conclusion that has been conceived here, and it is the one drawback to an otherwise pretty fantastic picture.
An ambitious but confused and frustrating film that circles near catharsis, occasionally brushing its hem, but that's about as close as it ever gets.
Kimberley Jones - Austin Chronicle
Supply acted and engrossing.
Randy Myers - Contra Costa Times
[Roberts] has a down-to-earth, Everywoman quality that adds to the film's "you go, girl" mojo.
Duane Dudek - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Most of its supposed observations sound more like touchy-feely mumbo-jumbo than honest, useful information and advice.
Jeff Vice - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
This is a movie about a self-obsessed woman who seems to learn that the wisdom of the ancients is that she should be even more self-obsessed.
Nell Minow - Beliefnet
You know your movie's in trouble when its star is outshined by a bowl of spaghetti.
Thomas Leupp - Hollywood.com
Like any beloved book with a pretty film version, there will be fans of this film, in spite of its flaws. And bless them. I was, mostly, frustrated.
David Poland - Movie City News
Julia Roberts boasts a charming presence and a lively mind but she deserves better than this superficial, glitzy and fluffy travelogue of self discovery, which has lots of food, some prayers but little love or sex.
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com
Elizabeth Gilbert's best selling tome has been dumbed down and glossed up. Fans of the introspective will be disappointed: those looking for decent, escapist entertainment will not.
Joanna Langfield - The Movie Minute
Approached purely on the surface, Eat serves a sensual cinematic meal.
Geoff Berkshire - Metromix.com
It seems determined to drag tears out of the audience, when the quiet, underplayed moments are the ones that pack the true firepower.
Drew McWeeny - HitFix
Ryan Murphy's film adaptation of Elizabeth Gilbert's bestseller about the divorced New Yorker's lone odyssey to Italy, India and Bali to find meaning in her life is a shallow guilty pleasure: an escapist Julia Roberts romance and exotic travelogue.
Anne Thompson - Thompson on Hollywood
Too preachy, indulgent, and everybody cries. Even the extras.
Victoria Alexander - FilmsInReview.com
Italians have a phrase -Che posso fare?- meaning "What can I do?" that's sometimes used when the answer is: "Nothing, just go with it." Lots of things happen in Eat Pray Love that only the lonely and book club members will understand. You just go with it.
Steve Persall - Tampa Bay Times