• Tommy
    3 minutes 10 seconds
    Added: May 9, 2008


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Tommy Reviews

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TIME Magazine
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One thing is sure: there has never been a movie musical quite like Tommy, a weird, crazy, wonderfully excessive version of The Who's rock opera.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

May 6, 2013
Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
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This 1975 film's inventiveness begins to flag about halfway through, but by then it's a relief. If only Wagner could have lived to see this.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

May 6, 2013

TV Guide's Movie Guide

Fans of the Who beware. Ken Russell applies his rococo outpourings to Pete Townshend's rock opera and botches not only the visuals but the fine score.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 1.5/4

May 6, 2013


Overlong, over-indulgent, overdone.

Full Review Source: Film4

May 6, 2013
Phil Hall
Film Snobbery

An anything-goes phantasmagoria that pushes at the borders of good taste and good sense.

Full Review Source: Film Snobbery | Original Score: 3/5

April 15, 2011
Charles Cassady
Common Sense Media

Trippy rock opera with drug references and sexual imagery.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 3/5

March 15, 2011
Brian Orndorf

The core essence of Tommy lies in the quivering carriage of Ann-Margret and her heroic personification of Russell's funhouse directorial approach.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: A

August 27, 2010
Emanuel Levy

Emphasizing the sensual and musical elements of the rock opera, Ken Russell brings his excessive visual flourishes to the material and also get good performances from Ann-Margret and Oliver Reed, resulting in an original musical movie.

Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com | Original Score: B

July 26, 2010
Variety Staff
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Ken Russell's filmization of Tommy is spectacular in nearly every way.

Full Review Source: Variety

March 26, 2009
Geoff Andrew
Time Out
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This is both the movie in which [Russell] is most faithful to the ideas and tone of his material, and one of his very worst films.

Full Review Source: Time Out

June 24, 2006
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

Quite the gaudy mind-blower.

| Original Score: 3/5

March 16, 2006
Dennis Schwartz
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It becomes tiresome and runs out of gas way before the conclusion.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: C+

February 23, 2006
Vincent Canby
New York Times
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It's all fairly excessive and far from subtle, but in this case good taste would have been wildly inappropriate and a fearful drag.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 3/5

May 9, 2005
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope

It is an extravagant musical curiosity, or Baby Boomer time capsule, if nothing else.

Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope | Original Score: B

May 3, 2005
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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The effect is exhilarating and exhausting.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3/4

October 23, 2004
John Demetry

Russell reveals that even such a liberating relation to pop can itself become commodified.

Full Review Source: PopMatters

March 2, 2003
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

I know how nearly every shot was done by this point, but that hasn't dimmed what is to me the essential magic of the movie.

Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC) | Original Score: 5/5

December 29, 2002
Forrest Hartman
Reno Gazette-Journal

Quirky, although not altogether successful, cinematic reading of The Who's rock opera.

| Original Score: 3/5

October 11, 2002
Cole Smithey

| Original Score: 4/5

October 7, 2005
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

| Original Score: 3/5

April 28, 2005
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