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 Rottentomatoes.com. 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.