David James
EW Staff
April 15, 2011 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Water for Elephants

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Sara Gruen
publisher
Algonquin Books
genre
Fiction

We gave it an C+

STARRING Robert Pattinson, Reese Witherspoon, and Christoph Waltz
DIRECTED BY Francis Lawrence

“To have a costar who is this reliable, this sensitive and circumspect and intelligent — it’s just fabulous,” says Christoph Waltz (Inglourious Basterds). He’s not talking about Reese Witherspoon or Robert Pattinson, who play the star performer and veterinary student in an adaptation of Sara Gruen’s best-seller about a traveling circus in the 1930s. He’s talking about Tai, a 9,000-pound Asian elephant. Though Waltz plays the sadistic ringmaster who beats the elephant, he promises, “I don’t really touch her — that’s added in later.” —Benjamin Svetkey

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