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Rated PG-13 · 121 minutes · 2011

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Set in a Depression-era circus and featuring some decent performances, Water for Elephants is good enough to recommend—but nothing to get super-hyped about. If you like elephants, and you like Reese Witherspoon movies, have at it. If you’d rather be golfing than watching a Witherspoon movie, book your tee time now. This features a central Robert Pattinson performance that is endearing, if not all that amazing, and a Reese Witherspoon performance that, while not remarkable, is better than anything she has done in years. The film is further helped by a villainous performance from Christoph Waltz, now Hollywood’s go-to bad guy. This is moderately entertaining, with the film’s best asset being an ancient, scene-stealing elephant.


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Official Site: www.waterforelephants.com
Director: Francis Lawrence
Producer: Gil Netter, Erwin Stoff, Andrew Tennenbaum and Kevin Halloran
Cast: Reese Witherspoon, Robert Pattinson, Christoph Waltz, Paul Schneider, Jim Norton, Hal Holbrook, Mark Povinelli, Richard Brake, Stephen Taylor, Ken Foree, Scott MacDonald, James Frain, Sam Anderson, John Aylward, Brad Greenquist, Tim Guinee, Donna Scott and E.E. Bell

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Boise Weekly The Projector: Movies opening Friday, April 22 A traveling circus, French monks and Samuel L. Jackson narrating the lives of some really big cats, it's all at the movies. by James Ady 04/22/2011
NUVO Ed reviews 'Water for Elephants' Set against the backdrop of a 1930s circus, the film revolves around a love triangle that lacks the spark and practicality of a convincing romance. by Ed Johnson-Ott 04/28/2011
Style Weekly Elephant Men Robert Pattinson carries the weight of the circus on his brow in "Water for Elephants." by Wayne Melton 05/03/2011
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Charleston City Paper Halsey curator Mark Sloan helps inspire Water for Elephants Water for Elephants, released last month, is based on Sara Gruen's best-selling 2006 novel of the same name, which in turn was inspired by Charleston's own Mark Sloan. by Jansen Cumbie 05/10/2011

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