Elmer Gantry Reviews

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Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight
August 15, 2011
If not for the amazing performance of Burt Lancaster, the film would collapse under its own self-righteousness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
July 4, 2011
Greatly enhanced by the spirited Oscar performance by Burt Lancaster.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Dan Jardine
Slant Magazine
August 6, 2010
The film pulls few punches in its story of the hypocrisy, materialism, and opportunism at the heart of the evangelical world of Bible-thumping barnstorming revival troupes
Full Review | Original Score: 80/100

TV Guide's Movie Guide
April 8, 2008
Lancaster pulls out all the stops in one of his most memorable roles as the lustful, ambitious charlatan of Sinclair Lewis's powerful novel.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Variety Staff
Variety
April 8, 2008
Brooks honors the spirit of Lewis' cynical commentary on circus-type primitive exhortation with pictorial imagery that is always pungent. He also has written dialog that is frank and biting.
Kim Newman
Empire Magazine
April 8, 2008
This gets progressively nastier and winds up with an impressive hellfire finish.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
April 8, 2008
Brooks was the ultimate vulgarizer of serious literature.
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
November 6, 2007
Burt Lancaster gives one of his most memorable and zestiest performances as the lustful, charismatic evangelist charlatan in Richard Brooks' loose adaptation of Sinclair Lewis 1927 powerful novel.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
January 26, 2006
With a host of fine performances, and a strong sense of period and place conveyed by John Alton's lush camerawork, there's still plenty to enjoy.
Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan
October 15, 2004
Hypocrisy and religion exploited! Lancaster and Shirley Jones are terrific.
| Original Score: 5/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
July 19, 2004
Still powerful expose of evangelism.
| Original Score: 4/5

Film4
March 16, 2004
Lancaster puts in a thrilling, Oscar-winning performance in this cynical satire on religious evangelism which was considered extremely controversial at the time of its release.
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette
January 30, 2004
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| Original Score: 5/5
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A.H. Weiler
New York Times
May 20, 2003
The briskly paced drama of a religious opportunist, his colleagues and his times utilizes the tools of the motion picture in expert fashion.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
March 10, 2003
Lancaster and Simmons are scorching as the con artist and the evangelist who join forces in the 1920s Midwest.
Jaime N. Christley
Apollo Guide
July 16, 2001
The most interesting part of this movie is its use of broad strokes to mask subtle sketches and careful characterizations.
Full Review | Original Score: 76/100
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com
March 22, 2001
Highly recommended for fans of Lancaster or Jean Simmons, who plays the earnest young preacher who gets caught up in Gantry's web.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Ted Prigge
rec.arts.movies.reviews
January 1, 2000
With a strong message, excellent satire, and even some heart, Elmer Gantry is an excellent film, and even a tad underrated.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Tim Dirks
Tim Dirks' The Greatest Films
January 1, 2000
An entertaining melodrama with memorable performances.
Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily
October 9, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
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