'Eat, Pray, Love' Critic Reviews

59%
MovieWeb:   6 reviews
37%
Rotten Tomatoes:   196 reviews
  • Lisa Schwarzbaum Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    50
    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.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • A.O. Scott New York Times (Top Critic)
    70
    Its span may be global, but its scope is modest, and it accepts a certain superficiality as the price of useful insight.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Peter Bradshaw Guardian [UK] (Top Critic)
    20
    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.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Claudia Puig USA Today (Top Critic)
    50
    Though there are a handful of funny lines, the deeper observations are facile. The whole journey feels like a rich girl gone slumming.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Ann Hornaday Washington Post (Top Critic)
    63
    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.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Wesley Morris Boston Globe (Top Critic)
    75
    At the moment, the only person eating more delectably in Italy is Tilda Swinton in I Am Love.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News (Top Critic)
    60
    A well-meant, if not exactly transcendent, adaptation of Elizabeth Gilbert's beloved, Oprah-endorsed memoir.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal (Top Critic)
    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.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Chris Vognar Dallas Morning News (Top Critic)
    80
    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.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Lisa Kennedy Denver Post (Top Critic)
    75
    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.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Kathleen Murphy MSN Movies (Top Critic)
    40
    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.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • David Edelstein New York Magazine (Top Critic)
    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."
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • David Denby New Yorker (Top Critic)
    We're not so much involved in the movie as idly registering it -- eavesdropping, almost, on a conversation at an adjoining table.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times (Top Critic)
    50
    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.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune (Top Critic)
    50
    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.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Andrea Gronvall Chicago Reader (Top Critic)
    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.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer (Top Critic)
    63
    Lives are messy. A little mess in the movie wouldn't have hurt at all.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Kristin Tillotson Minneapolis Star Tribune (Top Critic)
    63
    The film version's biggest challenge? The road to self-discovery is littered with cliches.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Adam Graham Detroit News (Top Critic)
    42
    An insane fantasy for rich people.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Randy Cordova Arizona Republic (Top Critic)
    50
    Unlike the book, there's no big emotional breakdown; instead, this is a postcard-pretty case of midlife soul-searching.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Justin Chang Variety (Top Critic)
    The food looks great, but the romance is undercooked, and God remains strictly a bit player.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Lou Lumenick New York Post (Top Critic)
    38
    Even if you buy Roberts as an introspective writer (I didn't), there's no real sense of an emotional journey here.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Roger Moore Orlando Sentinel (Top Critic)
    63
    Eat Pray Love isn't a bad movie -- just a spiritually dead one, wearing and wearying.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Peter Howell Toronto Star (Top Critic)
    38
    Glibly portrays selfishness as a life choice, ranking gluttony on a par with finding God and a life partner.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Joe Baltake Passionate Moviegoer (Top Critic)
    'Eat Pray Love': Me!
    Full Review » 4 years ago