'Eat Pray Love' Reviews: You'll Cry of Boredom or Sadness

Sally Mercedes
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Julia Roberts & Javier Bardem in Eat Pray Love
Eat Pray Love, starring Julia Roberts and her hunky companions, opens this weekend.

I already have tickets, so I wanted to know what to expect, but the Eat Pray Love reviews are all over the place.

Katrina Mitchell, CBS News:

[T]he best alternative to a pampered getaway might to [sic] indulge yourself vicariously in Elizabeth Gilbert's journey of self discovery.

Dezhda Gaubert, E! Online:

While the movie is touching in all the right ways, it doesn't leap off the screen the way Gilbert's wry voice jumps off the page.

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times:

"Eat Pray Love" is shameless wish-fulfillment, a Harlequin novel crossed with a mystic travelogue

Kim Conte, The Stir:

The movie [...] succeeds where the book fails. Instead of telling the story about one woman's very specific path to spiritual enlightenment and self-discovery, it imparts a more universal tale about the search for love.

So, basically, you're going to love it or hate it. You'll either cry because you're moved or completely bored. Good to know!

A lot of the reviews inevitably tried to compare the book to the movie. In general, those who didn't like the book seemed to enjoy the movie and those who loved the book were split.

I didn't read the book at all, so I was more interested in the reviews by other outsiders, but those were also split. Some seem to really connect to the journey and Julia's portrayal of Elizabeth Gilbert, while others thought it was flat and too familiar. It seems that the images we see of Italy, India, and Bali offer nothing new. But, why is it supposed to? If this woman went to these places for specific reasons, wouldn't those reasons reflect what most Americans think about each location?

In the end, I found myself not caring about what they said. Maybe it's my love of Julia, maybe it's all the eye candy, or maybe it's the fact that I already spent my money on movie tickets, but I'm excited to watch the movie.

Are you going to watch Eat Pray Love this weekend? Do you have any expectations?

 

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