Review | Water for Elephants

Credit: David James

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Us Rating: **1/2

This adaptation of the 2006 bestseller may not be the greatest show on Earth, but it does succeed as a mildly entertaining old-school melodrama. Robert Pattinson -- so refreshing to see him smile on screen! -- plays a Depression-era vet student who joins a traveling circus and has an affair with its married leading lady (Reese Witherspoon). It's a shame the gorgeous pair fail to generate much heat. If anything, Pattinson develops a more meaningful relationship with the circus' other star attraction, Rosie the elephant! (20th Century Fox, $30)