Recently divorced and desperate to break her pattern of serial relationships, Elizabeth Gilbert packs her belongings into storage and begins a year-long, three-country quest to learn about herself through different cultures. Based on Gilbert's best-selling 2006 memoir, this film promises to transport you if not transform you. Director Ryan Murphy, creator of Glee and Nip/Tuck, leaves behind all the sarcasm and angst that these shows are renowned for to create a movie that's simply told and completely earnest. The film's star, Julia Roberts, is strongest when playing off the rest of the cast, ranging from the wonderful Viola Davis as her best friend to the talented Richard Jenkins as her biggest challenger. But Javier Bardem melts hearts with his sexy charm and his tenderness and vulnerability. He's clearly the champion of the film. FOUR STARS. Now playing at area theaters. Visit fandango.com.
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