The Lawnmower Man - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

The Lawnmower Man Reviews

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Andrew Lowry
Total Film
April 1, 2014
The CG sequences have dated horrendously.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
August 23, 2002
| Original Score: 1/5
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
March 3, 2005
Notable mainly for the fact that Stephen King sued over the use of his name.
| Original Score: 2/5
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
August 22, 2002
| Original Score: 2/5
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
April 1, 2014
The Lawnmower Man echoes Frankenstein and a zillion other noble-scientist-whose-experiment-goes-awry movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
James O'Ehley
Sci-Fi Movie Page
January 1, 2000
Not scary and ridiculous at times, Lawnmower Man is a wasted opportunity.
Steve Newton
Georgia Straight
July 6, 2010
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily
October 10, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5
Ryan Cracknell
Movie Views
January 2, 2004
| Original Score: 1/5
Kevin N. Laforest
Montreal Film Journal
July 12, 2003
| Original Score: 2/5
January 10, 2008
extremely outdated
| Original Score: 1/4
Widgett Walls
May 13, 2003
Every once in a while an idea comes along that's so lame, it surprises even me. This...was three of those times.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Richard Harrington
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
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.
Kathleen Maher
Austin Chronicle
January 1, 2000
The Lawnmower Man tries to hit all the points of dogma about Virtual Reality, but it's getting to be such a large text that each point only gets a mention.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette
July 29, 2002
begins well, then runs out of gas
| Original Score: 2/5
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
August 30, 2004
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.
Emanuel Levy
July 14, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
April 1, 2014
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Time Out
June 24, 2006
Despite the hackneyed sub-Frankenstein plot, the dazzling computer-generated special effects almost carry the film.

People Magazine
April 1, 2014
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.
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