Though she risks being upstaged by the great scenery, Julia Roberts is the show in director Ryan Murphy's ("Glee") version of Elizabeth Gilbert's autobiographical best-seller. Roberts-as-Gilbert takes off on a literal odyssey of self-discovery after suffering personal disappointments.
The quest takes her to India, Italy and Bali, and her encounters en route help her redefine herself. Richard Jenkins gives an especially superb performance in a cast that also includes Javier Bardem, Viola Davis, Billy Crudup and James Franco. DVD extra: "making-of" documentary. *** (PG-13 and unrated versions: AS, N, P) (Also on Blu-ray)