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The Man from Elysian Fields (2001)

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51

Average Rating: 5.9/10
Reviews Counted: 70
Fresh: 36 | Rotten: 34

This story about a gigolo isn't plausible or compelling enough.

37

Average Rating: 5.3/10
Critic Reviews: 27
Fresh: 10 | Rotten: 17

This story about a gigolo isn't plausible or compelling enough.

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Average Rating: 3.3/5
User Ratings: 1,478

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Movie Info

George Hickenlooper directs this psychological drama about an impoverished writer lost in a world of money, power, and male escorts. Though happily married with a young child, Byron Tiller (Andy Garcia) is struggling to make ends meet as a novelist. His last work, called "Hitler's Child," had an ignoble run in the bookstore bargain bins and his editor is not interested in his latest work about migrant workers. One day, he is approached by a dapper Brit named Luther Fox (Mick Jagger) who actually

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Philip Jayson Lasker

Mar 18, 2003

$1.3M

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All Critics (78) | Top Critics (30) | Fresh (36) | Rotten (34) | DVD (14)

Acting is what sustains the unstable plot lines.

March 12, 2003
Hollywood Reporter
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The direction, by George Hickenlooper, has no snap to it, no wiseacre crackle or hard-bitten cynicism.

November 14, 2002
Orlando Sentinel
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Pompous and garbled.

November 1, 2002 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
Entertainment Weekly
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A rare comedy of manners, witty, wicked and worldly, and one of the best movies of the year.

November 1, 2002 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
Chicago Sun-Times
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Moves in such odd plot directions and descends into such message-mongering moralism that its good qualities are obscured.

October 31, 2002 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune
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Only the charm and attractiveness of the cast keeps this movie from the remainder bin.

October 23, 2002 Full Review Source: New York Observer
New York Observer
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What really sneaks up is how involved one gets into these characters and their complicated relationships.

December 28, 2008 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
TheMovieReport.com

It mixes banality with literature and comes up with a pap concoction.

August 5, 2003 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The tone keeps a marvelous balance between intelligence and pity.

April 2, 2003 Full Review

Best of all is Garcia, who perfectly portrays the desperation of a very insecure man.

February 24, 2003
Planet Sick-Boy

...a trashy little bit of fluff stuffed with enjoyable performances and a bewildering sense of self-importance

December 28, 2002 Full Review
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Smart and full of sharply drawn characters and wonderfully snappy dialogue.

December 28, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

A terrifically engaging, provocative movie.

December 27, 2002 Full Review Source: Sacramento Bee
Sacramento Bee

The film is hard to dismiss -- moody, thoughtful, and lit by flashes of mordant humor.

December 20, 2002 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

The film boasts at least a few good ideas and features some decent performances, but the result is disappointing.

December 13, 2002 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

When a movie asks you to feel sorry for Mick Jagger's sex life, it already has one strike against it.

December 13, 2002 Full Review Source: Salt Lake Tribune
Salt Lake Tribune

Hickenlooper seems unsure what he wants his film to be. Is it a mid-life crisis film? Is it a marriage-in-trouble film? Or is it really classy neo-porn lite?

December 6, 2002 Full Review Source: Des Moines Register
Des Moines Register

If you can look past the leaps in logic and take it in as a morality tale about the consequences of unprincipled affections, then Elysian Fields can offer its share of blissful moments.

November 29, 2002
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

I would have enjoyed Elysian more if the filmmakers had tried to ease off the dramatic fireworks and just let the characters and their dilemmas naturally progress.

November 27, 2002 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

Prancing his way through the tailor-made part of a male hooker approaching the end of his vitality, Jagger obviously relishes every self-mocking moment.

November 14, 2002 Full Review Source: Orlando Weekly
Orlando Weekly

...would be a total loss if not for two supporting performances taking place at the movie's edges.

November 14, 2002 Full Review Source: Sun Publications (Chicago, IL)
Sun Publications (Chicago, IL)

Funny and, at times, poignant, the film from director George Hickenlooper all takes place in Pasadena, "a city where people still read."

November 14, 2002
Sun Newspapers of Cleveland

Audience Reviews for The Man from Elysian Fields

A mature and worldly screenplay is executed by actors giving elegantly crafted performances. Garcia, Jagger and Coburn all work together (despite Coburn and Jagger never sharing a scene). It's the way actions affect others and how ones own selfish desires can make or break a person. The men not only assert their power to gain wealth and acceptance but are also exploited by their female counterparts. All characters evolve and learn life lessons without the screenplay coming across as a self help novel. Emotional and funny only hampered by a surprisingly uninspired montage and an ending that feels to happily rushed.
June 22, 2008
kiriyamakazou

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Plays out better than it sounds, due to the cast.
June 13, 2008
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