Eat Pray Love movie reviews

In Part II of Adaptation Day, here are excerpts from the promised movie reviews for "Eat Pray Love." Somewhere along the line, Hollywood decided to drop the commas from the title of Elizabeth Gilbert's coming-of-New-Age book. I guess all that punctuation cluttered up the posters. If you haven't read the book, here's a snapshot: Gilbert chucks her life (and a painful breakup) in New York to search for happiness while eating and meditating in Italy, India and Bali. Her tale touched a nerve with many, many women and became a surprise best-seller. Here was my take on the book. Now we'll see what Julia Roberts can do with the lead role.

New York Daily News -- In an effort to pack everything in, they rush through the beginning, so we don't really see the dark place from which Liz begins this journey. ... Since Roberts neglects to explore the gritty underside of Liz's emotions, we can't build the same bond Gilbert encourages in her book. ... Still, the locations are lush, the costumes vibrant, the varying moods properly atmospheric.

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The Canadian Press -- It provides a gorgeous escape, exquisitely photographed and full of female wish fulfilment. Yet it also offers sufficient emotional heft and self-discovery to make you feel as if you've actually learned something and, perhaps, emerged a better person solely through osmosis.

The Hollywood Reporter -- There is an undeniable attractiveness to all this, however doubtful the self-realization lessons may be. ... The charms of each location and the vigor of the film's supporting players cast a romantic glow. No, travel -- and certainly self-realization -- is quite like this ... But it should be.

Orlando Sentinel -- For a film about a woman whose motto is "I'm through with the guilt," Roberts ... & Co. have delivered a guilty pleasure. It's great to see her in something this light again, looking much as she did ten years ago. Eat Pray Love allows Roberts' longtime fans to travel the world, and back in time with her. If only we all could eat until we pop and age in reverse and still have the glow of amber backlighting.

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