• 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 Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
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Moves in such odd plot directions and descends into such message-mongering moralism that its good qualities are obscured.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 31, 2002
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle

A pointed, often tender, examination of the pros and cons of unconditional love and familial duties.

Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle | Original Score: 3/5

October 27, 2002
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star

Everything about the production is tasteful and carefully modulated -- but there's no spunk here.

Full Review Source: Kansas City Star | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 25, 2002
Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
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Only the charm and attractiveness of the cast keeps this movie from the remainder bin.

Full Review Source: New York Observer

October 23, 2002
Elias Savada
Nitrate Online

The Man From Elysian Fields is a cold, bliss-less work that groans along thinking itself some important comment on how life throws us some beguiling curves.

Full Review Source: Nitrate Online | Original Score: 1/4

October 22, 2002
Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
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May not be perfect but must be given credit for all that it does right.

October 18, 2002
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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The story's so preposterous that I didn't believe it for a second, despite the best efforts of everyone involved.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 2/4

October 18, 2002
Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
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This good-looking, well-acted but sloooow-moving film is a parable, and a rather obvious one at that.

Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle | Original Score: C-

October 18, 2002
Steven Rosen
Denver Post
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One wishes Elysian Fields gave us more.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 2/4

October 18, 2002
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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Even as make-believe, Elysian Fields offers a stupefying estrangement from reality.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2/4

October 18, 2002

The movie has an interesting premise with some nice twists and turns, character studies, and an appealing edginess.

Full Review Source: TheMovieChicks.com | Original Score: 3.5/5

October 18, 2002
William Arnold
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Every scene is contrived to advance the film toward its predetermined end, and the characters consistently act the way people never do in real situations. Even so, the movie is relatively fun to watch, thanks mostly to the cast.

Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer | Original Score: C+

October 17, 2002
Tom Sime
Dallas Morning News
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The actors are appealing, but Elysian Fields is idiotic and absurdly sentimental.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: D

October 17, 2002
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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From the get-go, the story remains bogged down in its rather limited morass.

October 17, 2002
Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News
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Nothing, not a single character, gesture or exchange, rings true. When you think about it, that's some accomplishment.

Full Review Source: San Jose Mercury News | Original Score: 1/4

October 17, 2002
Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Garcia, Coburn and particularly Jagger surprise throughout.

| Original Score: 3/4

October 17, 2002
Todd Anthony
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Labored, pretentious riff on American Gigolo.

Full Review Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel | Original Score: 1.5/4

October 11, 2002
Marta Barber
Miami Herald
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Too many improbabilities and rose-colored situations temper what could've been an impacting film.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 2/4

October 11, 2002
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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Jagger the actor is someone you want to see again.

| Original Score: 3/4

October 10, 2002
Stephanie Zacharek
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One of those nicely made, well-acted, entertaining pictures that would be sensational if only it didn't suffer from a failure of nerve.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

October 8, 2002
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