Reviews Are In for Robert Pattinson’s ‘Water for Elephants’

Water For Elephants Reviews

Robert Pattinson's new movie Water For Elephants is scoring big with audiences, with a 93% rating of Rotten Tomatoes viewers giving it a thumbs up, but how does it score amongst critics?

In the film adaptation from the book with the same name, Rob portrays a veterinarian who experiences a tragic loss and runs away, then finds himself working with a circus. After joining the rag tag team, Jacob finds himself falling in love with the ringleader’s wife, played by Hollywood's sweetheart Reese Witherspoon.

Renowned critic Roger Ebert gave the movie three stars, calling the film "endearingly old-fashioned," and "a movie made of real people and plausible sets." Meanwhile, the movie review site Rotten Tomatoes was not as kind as their viewers. 

The site only gave the movie a 49% rating, saying the film "has an evocative sense of its time and place but lacks the burning passions required to pull off this type of romantic weepie."

Though Rotten Tomatoes wasn't sold on the movie, the tough critics over at Ain't It Cool News think thought the movie trailer looked promising. After viewing the trailer, writer Nordling said of Water For Elephants:
"As for myself, I think there's something there, a willingness and a need to prove that [Pattinson's] not just a sparkly vampire but a good actor.  And I'll say it - WATER FOR ELEPHANTS looks really good to me."
Also not thrilled with film was the The New York Times, who referred to it as "bland" and "monotonous." Let us know your reviews of R. Patz new movie by tweeting to @celebuzz
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  • oniszko2

    You can't always believe what critic's say about a movie, I personally thought R Pattinson we excellent in the one and I do believe that he can do anything his mind is made up to do. Critic's don't like anything new, new actors, or a different kind of movie, one that is without much violence as are in all of the movies to... Hat's off to Robert Pattinson, if I were a critic I would give him 5 thumbs up......

  • petra

    i expected more and robert still remains as a bad actor. reese was amazing!

  • pierrette

    saw water for elephants yesterday at a midnight showing . i love the movie , i read the book a while back and i knew what the story was about , it didn't dissapoint . it's a love story and most people are not into them anymore , but i thought it was a lovely movie .i never listen to critics because the way i see it they are telling you about their personal opinion about a film , just because they dont like it doesn't mean someone else won't , we all have different taste in movie .they are not experts on anything they just think they are in their own minds, and unfortunately a lot people make them feel that way. since they are so opinionated why don't they write a screenplay , make a movie and show us how it's done.......right !!!!

  • Steff17

    a great movie!!

  • Michele

    I will never believe another word from those stupid critics again because I just saw Water For Elephants and absolutely loved this movie! I loved it! Rob was great as Jacob and this only proves to me that the critics who are negative obviously have some sort of grudge against him, because he is an excellent actor. I was waiting for the “no chemistry” bit between he and Reese (as some critics are spouting) and I could not disagree more; I thought they were great together. Everyone I went with loved it too, and one friend had not read the book and had no idea what it was even about. I had read the book and loved the movie just as much, which I do not usually when it comes between a book and a film. I think the best thing I can say is: go see it for yourself. You won’t be disappointed. Michele

  • edwardbella2

    Ofcourse it is rocking because it has Rob in the lead role.He is great!!!

  • em

    NY Times hated it, but LA Time, CNN and Variety, among others, LOVED it!!! :)