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The Lawnmower Man (1992)

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Average Rating: 4.6/10
Reviews Counted: 34
Fresh: 13 | Rotten: 21

The Lawnmower Man suffers from a predictable, melodramatic script, and its once-groundbreaking visual effects look dated today.

17

Average Rating: 4.5/10
Critic Reviews: 6
Fresh: 1 | Rotten: 5

The Lawnmower Man suffers from a predictable, melodramatic script, and its once-groundbreaking visual effects look dated today.

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Average Rating: 2.6/5
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Loosely based on a short story by Stephen King, The Lawnmower Man was the first film to explore virtual reality technology and boasts a dazzling collection of computer-animated sequences. The story concerns the slightly-mad scientist Dr. Lawrence Angelo (Pierce Brosnan), who as part of a secret government agency called Cybertech has been experimenting with something termed "intelligence enhancement." By using drugs and virtual reality technology, Angelo has managed to boost the IQ of

Sep 30, 1997

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

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All Critics (34) | Top Critics (6) | Fresh (13) | Rotten (21) | DVD (6)

The Lawnmower Man echoes Frankenstein and a zillion other noble-scientist-whose-experiment-goes-awry movies.

April 1, 2014 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
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The Lawnmower Man has it all -- melodramatic plot, bad acting, special effects that will undoubtedly seem cheesy in about five minutes and even a concluding sequence in which the usual lofty moral is voiced.

April 1, 2014 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
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Dazzling computer animation and special effects overcome The Lawnmower Man's mundane story.

March 26, 2009 Full Review Source: Variety
Variety
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Despite the hackneyed sub-Frankenstein plot, the dazzling computer-generated special effects almost carry the film.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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The Lawnmower Man depends mostly on a lot of colorful video-game-like special effects. They are very loud but, after a while, the noise and the lights induce a torpor that is quite soothing.

August 30, 2004 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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So loosely based on a Stephen King short story as to constitute fraud, The Lawnmower Man goes right to the bottom of a growing list of failed King adaptations.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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The Lawnmower Man is a visually stunning and innovative sojourn into a world of computer science gone haywire.

April 1, 2014 Full Review Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

As a visual adventure, The Lawnmower Man is great fun.

April 1, 2014 Full Review Source: Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun

Virtual reality aside, The Lawnmower Man suffers all the usual problems: the cliched story is further undermined by wooden performances, and the inevitable unhappy ending.

April 1, 2014 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

The CG sequences have dated horrendously.

April 1, 2014 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

The once eye-popping special effects are the real attraction of this science-fiction tale.

April 1, 2014 Full Review Source: Radio Times
Radio Times

This latest attempt to translate King's horrific talent into a movie interweaves ancient fright techniques with modern technology and winds up as Nintendoized Gothic.

April 1, 2014 Full Review Source: People Magazine
People Magazine

The blatant effort to cash in on King's name has never been so evident before, and at this rate we can surely expect the prime terror and gruesome shocks of Stephen King's Grocery List.

July 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Georgia Straight

extremely outdated

January 10, 2008 | Comments (4)

High-Tec, High-Tense Fun....Slickly directed, Fittingly performed

March 10, 2005
Moviehole

Notable mainly for the fact that Stephen King sued over the use of his name.

March 3, 2005
Flipside Movie Emporium

Cool effects, particularly for the time -- story could have used more logic, though.

January 8, 2004
New Times

Every once in a while an idea comes along that's so lame, it surprises even me. This...was three of those times.

May 13, 2003
Needcoffee.com

This is a pretty good science fiction film, although it is a little thin on the science and strays into metaphysical fantasies.

March 23, 2003 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

Pierce as a kind dad in a fun pre-pubescent tale

October 25, 2002
Zap2it.com

Fair thriller

July 30, 2002
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Audience Reviews for The Lawnmower Man

Interesting idea for a Sci Fi horror film, but lacks any real sense of wonder. By today's standards the film looks very dated and it plays out like a cheap low budget horror flick. Overall this is a decent affair with nothing really special going for it. The film suffers from an ambitious scope that is limited by a so-so script. I was looking forward to seeing this, but in the end it's nothing too remarkable. Acting wise, the actors are pretty decent, nothing ever good or bad. This film could have been much better and with a concept like this, it's a shame that there was nothing memorable about the film. As a whole, The Lawnmower Man is worth seeing, but is not the type of film that warrants multiple viewings. This is the type of film that may have looked good on paper, but the execution is kind of weak, and you realize that the film doesn't fulfill its full potential. There has been another film that would explore virtual reality as a vehicle for horror and that film is Brainscan, which is a far superior movie than this. Overall, The Lawnmower Man is decent entertainment, but ultimately is forgettable in the long run. I think it's a great shame because I really liked the idea behind the plot, however the execution leaves a lot to be desired, and it could have been done better. There are times where things get silly, especially near the end. Some aspects could also have rewritten and you just end up wanting more out of this film. Throughout the film, you just realize that there's something missing to really make it a worthwhile horror experience.
November 13, 2012
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Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

Super Reviewer

A fairly average thriller that isn't in any way memorable. Dont get me wrong, it's not a bad movie but the brilliantly ingenius premise should have had a much better result. Bits of the movie are good but it's overlong and gives off jiggy legs too much. This was supposed to be a technical breakthrough of cinema but the effects are terribly outdated. 2 years after this was made The Mask was released. I think that would be called the real special effects breakthrough. Lawnmower man on a positive note is absolute fluff that casn be enjoyed on one viewing but you'll never think to watch it again.
December 30, 2011
Directors Cat
Directors Cat

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Wow looking so outdated now, and Virtual reality is barely used these days. Didn't take off like it was predicted. This is based on a short story by Stephen King, surprised to see a young Pierce Brosnan in this. The graphics for the virtual reality scenes look like an arcade game from the era. It's not very original, yet some how got a sequel a few years later. For a good film about Virtual reality check out the much better eXistenZ!
August 4, 2011
Deano78

Super Reviewer

Oh dear, it was supposed to be so much more! It claimed to be the CGI breakthrough, that ?it doesn't get any better than this?! Then Jurassic Park came out! Oops!
September 22, 2009
SirPant

Super Reviewer

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