• R, 1 hr. 46 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    George Hickenlooper
    In Theaters:
    Sep 27, 2001 Wide
    On DVD:
    Mar 18, 2003
  • Fireworks Pictures

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The Man from Elysian Fields Reviews

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Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com

What really sneaks up is how involved one gets into these characters and their complicated relationships.

Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com | Original Score: 3/4

December 28, 2008
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

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

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: C

August 5, 2003
Mark Robison
Reno Gazette-Journal

The tone keeps a marvelous balance between intelligence and pity.

Full Review | Original Score: A-

April 2, 2003
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
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Acting is what sustains the unstable plot lines.

March 12, 2003
Jon Popick
Planet Sick-Boy

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

| Original Score: 6/10

February 24, 2003
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

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

Full Review | Original Score: B-

December 28, 2002
Chris Gore
Film Threat

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

Full Review Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 3/5

December 28, 2002
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee

A terrifically engaging, provocative movie.

Full Review Source: Sacramento Bee | Original Score: 3.5/4

December 27, 2002
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review

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

Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review | Original Score: 3/5

December 20, 2002
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

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

Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City | Original Score: 2/4

December 13, 2002
Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune

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

Full Review Source: Salt Lake Tribune | Original Score: 2/4

December 13, 2002
Jeffrey Bruner
Des Moines Register

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?

Full Review Source: Des Moines Register | Original Score: 2/5

December 6, 2002
Nick Carter
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

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

November 29, 2002
Pete Croatto
Filmcritic.com

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.

Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com | Original Score: 2.5/5

November 27, 2002
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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The direction, by George Hickenlooper, has no snap to it, no wiseacre crackle or hard-bitten cynicism.

| Original Score: 2/5

November 14, 2002
Steve Schneider
Orlando Weekly

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.

Full Review Source: Orlando Weekly | Original Score: 3.5/5

November 14, 2002
Josh Larsen
Sun Publications (Chicago, IL)

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

Full Review Source: Sun Publications (Chicago, IL) | Original Score: 2/4

November 14, 2002
John Urbancich
Your Movies (cleveland.com)

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

November 14, 2002
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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Pompous and garbled.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: C

November 1, 2002
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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A rare comedy of manners, witty, wicked and worldly, and one of the best movies of the year.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 4/4

November 1, 2002
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