Based on the acclaimed bestseller, WATER FOR ELEPHANTS presents an unexpected romance in a uniquely compelling setting. Veterinary school student Jacob meets and falls in love with Marlena, a star performer in a circus of a bygone era. They discover beauty amidst the world of the Big Top, and come together through their compassion for a special elephant. Against all odds -- including the wrath of Marlena's charismatic but dangerous husband, August -- Jacob and Marlena find lifelong love.
- Francis Lawrence
- Reese Witherspoon, Robert Pattinson, Christoph Waltz
Water for Elephants may not be the best show on earth, but it's still quite a show.Christine Champ, Film.com, 06.06.2011
I was totally entranced from the opening moment to the end.Margaret Pomeranz, At the Movies (Australia), 05.12.2011
The film's very old-fashioned sense of right and wrong is refreshing. However, the need for strong plotting and characterisation...never goes out of vogue, and it's on these terms that Water For Elephants feels truncated.Simon Foster, sbs.com.au, 05.06.2011
It lacks the humour and charm to elevate itself above its modest generic ambitions, but it's a perfectly enjoyable piece of pulp cinema that successfully repackages archetypal characters and scenarios.Thomas Caldwell, Cinema Autopsy, 05.11.2011