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Another I need to find myself movie. Lots of eating, lots of Julia Roberts laughing, then crying. It was just a dull and predictable movie. Why she has to go around the world is a mystery to me and where she found the money to do so was another question. We should all have so much freedom.
This was one of the best books I have read so of course I wanted to check out the movie. I have never felt this bad for an author before! They absolutely ruined her story, leaving out explanations of main characters and influencers, I nearly threw the remote at the TV!
The book is fantastic, the movie is 'meh' Ms. Roberts does a good job with what she has - that is a passable script with decent supporting actors. Personally, I love it and have re-watched multiple times; I love the sense of self-discovery and rebuilding of love1 As a movie, ti's okay. The supporting staff are weak, the circumstances are often poorly developed, and there's that overwhelming sense this could only happen to you if you were rich .... But it's a movie I come back to time-and-time again for it's message of self-discovery, hope, fellowship, and love!
Reviewed in the United States on September 9, 2016
This movie is awful. The acting, the script, the way it was adapted from the book (scenes cut out, adapted). I listened to the audiobook and while I found the content kind of cheesy, the writing was decent and made it a worthwhile read for the commute home. The movie, however, included all of the terrible parts of the book and left out all of the promising aspects. Two stars because if you are really bored, it will at least help you kill time; if you are looking for something to equal the experience of the book this movie is not even palatable.
I felt like I was in all the new places with Roberts. I enjoyed the diversity and acceptance of the movie. I grew up overseas among many different cultures and I love that about myself and my life. I love how the movie emphasizes pleasure comes from within, not from without. I don't like the fact the movie promoted Buddhism as the symbol of spirituality because true freedom only comes from JESUS. By the end of the movie the main character still did what she always have done which is take a risk in love but this time she understood herself and did not loose herself in the relationship.
Reviewed in the United States on September 28, 2018
Sure, there are things that are predictable in the story telling, sure Julia Roberts does some of her same characteristics from other movies, but both are endearing. This movie also touches on some graceful wonderful things in life that many will reject because they can feel heavy-handed when presented as a "new way of life." Bottom line: the acting is well-done, the story is good, and it is thoroughly enjoyable.
a delightful movie given a hollywood spin. take a ride. s wonderful to think that all of life's issues and little problems can be resolved by the realization of your little quirks. to discover within and without, to accept them, to release them, to life free of them and to bravely and boldly go...i recommend this movie for the content and the acting and of course, the scenery.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 23, 2018
Great feel good movie. I saw it years ago when it first came out but finally read the book recently (and loved it so much, it really hit a nerve with me being in a similar situation), so wanted to see the movie again and though the movie never got good reviews at the time, I genuinely like it and feel it does justice to the book as far as this is possible, the book would have been a challenged to anybody to turn into a movie and Ryan Murphy did well. I also thought Julia Roberts fitted well into the role as Liz. I will definitely read the book again and again, so I suspect I will want to watch the movie afterwards every time too.
1.0 out of 5 starsAvoid avoid avoid - but read the book!!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 7, 2019
I wish I'd given up on this film after the first 20 minutes. Instead I experienced a long... drawn out... yawn-inducing... irritating... pointless film. It is completely and utterly devoid of the emotion, feeling and heartfelt passion that is present in the book. I urge people to avoid this ridiculous rendition that seems to take the book, remove all meaning from it and create a dead version. It took me 3 attempts to get through this drivel. If you want a moving, life-affirming experience, please read the book and don't watch this! That's over 2 hours I'm not getting back... Don't make the mistake I did!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 17, 2016
There is the beginning. Then there is Italy. Then there is India. And finally Bali. Each is a distinctive section.
The whole is about her, and the people that are in her life. It's best to watch the director cut as some of the beginning was cut out for the cinemas, and people did not understand about her motivation, but the additional bit helps it make more sense. She learns a lot through her travels. And there is a lot of caring and sharing. Sometimes it's fun. Sometimes it's not. But it is all worth it. And very watchable all the way through.
Personally, I was disappointed as I'd engaged so much more with Elizabeth Gilbert's novel. You really feel the angst that the author goes through in the novel, everything is on a much more superficial level in the film. I don't think Julia Roberts portrayed the protagonist's depression for example, in a convincing way. Much more sugary than the book but if you haven't read the book it's probably a really enjoyable film still, with great sceneryas the actors visit the varied countries featured.
Astonishingly terrible film. No narrative or purpose. Even Julia Roberts is unable to rescue the pretentious dialogue. It's about a woman who goes to Italy to get over broken relationships - so ABSOLUTELY nothing new!
A few unappetizing shots of Italy, loads of food preparation and eating, and totally in-credible characters (literally). I lost the will to live after 20 minutes but persisted believing it would turn. It never did.
I think the production team wanted to make a film in Italy, ran out of inspiration, but carried on regardless.
Awful! Awful! Awful! One star is too many but I can't give it less.