Los Angeles Times - 04/22/2011
"There is quite a bit to enjoy in a film that certainly qualifies as broad-based popular entertainment....The romance of the carnival is strong in this film..."
Total Film - 06/01/2011 3 stars out of 5 -- "[Witherspoon] brings a nicely nuanced ambivalence to her role."
Rolling Stone - 05/12/2011
"Pattinson and Witherspoon smolder under the golden gaze of Rodrigo Prieto's camera."
Chicago Sun-Times - 04/21/2011 3 stars out of 4 -- "The production designer, Jack Fisk, has created a believable one-ring circus here, and even the train itself has a personality."
Sight and Sound - 06/01/2011
"[C]inematographer Rodrigo Prieto brings much of the elegance he displayed in BIUTIFUL and BABEL to this film, building on the colourful, carnivalesque look of his earlier FRIDA."
A handsome veterinary student falls for a married circus performer in this romantic drama adapted from author Sara Gruen's best-selling novel, and directed by Francis Lawrence (I AM LEGEND). When Jacob (Robert Pattinson) meets Marlena (Reese Witherspoon), it's love at first sight -- their shared affections for an extraordinary elephant stirring profound feelings of compassion within both of them. Theirs is a love that could span lifetimes, though the wrath of Marlena's dangerously domineering husband, August (Christoph Waltz), threatens to spell tragedy for all involved.