Saturday, May 18, 2024

Eat Pray for Good Reviews: Julia Roberts Movie Was Shown Early to Some


This is part 2 of the item below: some lucky people did see “Eat Pray Love” early. I don’t want you to think Columbia Pictures was hiding the movie. They weren’t!

The only hiding was done by Julia Roberts, at her premiere. (See below.)

So the early birds seem to be People, Entertainment Weekly, Associated Press, and the New York Daily News.

This is what they said:

EW: “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.”

AP: “It provides a gorgeous escape, exquisitely photographed and full of female wish fulfillment. Yet it also offers sufficient emotional heft and self-discovery to make you feel as if you’ve actually learned something.”

The Daily News gave it a very middling 3 out of 5 stars. That’s a B  minus at best.

Both Variety and the Hollywood Reporter panned it. Variety panned it twice. So far “Eat Pray” has a 31% standing at That’s not good. On the bright side, someone with the unfortunate name of Drew McWeeny liked it from some blog. Oh well.

I do think “Eat Pray Love” is headed to mostly negative reviews. Columbia Pictures doesn’t have to worry. They are full of hits this year. This, too, shall pass.

UPDATE THURSDAY MORNING: The Rotten Tomatoes score is now 22%. One reviewer called it “tapas for the soul.” Funny.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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