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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.

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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.
2 replies to this post
  1. I hadn’t thought about it until I read PJ’s comment. You are exactly right, PJ!!!!!!! Something about this movie bothered me (read the book, but haven’t seen the movie) and I think PJ nailed it — there’s just something really pretentious and “smug” about a woman galavanting all over the world indulging on ethnic cuisine. I would really like to travel the world and find myself, as would many other people I know. Perhaps they should have waited to release this movie until the economic climate isn’t so depressing.

  2. I think there is a push back from the public when most of us are trying to get by paying the bills and keeping our jobs and then seeing someone who can just up and travel the world to “find herself” seems very smug and insulting. I know these are made sometimes years ahead but the story is more of a cable movie fodder not the big screen.

    Also, “chick flicks” which this one definitely is has done horrible box office for years. I can only think that it does well on DVD or gets a lot of airplay on Lifetime or WE channels to recoup the costs as to why Hollywood keeps making these things.

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