What really sneaks up is how involved one gets into these characters and their complicated relationships.
| Original Score: 3/4
It mixes banality with literature and comes up with a pap concoction.
| Original Score: C
The tone keeps a marvelous balance between intelligence and pity.
| Original Score: A-
Acting is what sustains the unstable plot lines.
Best of all is Garcia, who perfectly portrays the desperation of a very insecure man.
| Original Score: 6/10
...a trashy little bit of fluff stuffed with enjoyable performances and a bewildering sense of self-importance
| Original Score: B-
Smart and full of sharply drawn characters and wonderfully snappy dialogue.
| Original Score: 3/5
A terrifically engaging, provocative movie.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
The film is hard to dismiss -- moody, thoughtful, and lit by flashes of mordant humor.
The film boasts at least a few good ideas and features some decent performances, but the result is disappointing.
| Original Score: 2/4
When a movie asks you to feel sorry for Mick Jagger's sex life, it already has one strike against it.
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?
| Original Score: 2/5
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.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
The direction, by George Hickenlooper, has no snap to it, no wiseacre crackle or hard-bitten cynicism.
| Original Score: 2/5
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.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
...would be a total loss if not for two supporting performances taking place at the movie's edges.
Funny and, at times, poignant, the film from director George Hickenlooper all takes place in Pasadena, "a city where people still read."
| Original Score: 4/5
Pompous and garbled.
A rare comedy of manners, witty, wicked and worldly, and one of the best movies of the year.
| Original Score: 4/4