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The Elephant King (2006)

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20

Average Rating: 4.2/10
Critic Reviews: 5
Fresh: 1 | Rotten: 4

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Seth Grossman's psychological drama The Elephant King concerns two brothers who have very different outlooks on life. Jake Hunt is a scientist working in Thailand who, dissatisfied with much of his life, does little work and lives his life in a state of great excess. He invites his younger brother, Oliver, to visit. Even though the two have a strained relationship, Oliver accepts as he has been suffering from a severe depression. Oliver joins Jake in nights of excess, and falls in love with a

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Oct 20, 2009

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erhaps a bit of star power, or at least less generic actors in the leads, might have given these underdeveloped siblings more credence or appeal.

October 24, 2008 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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Director-writer Seth Grossman provides a lazy narrative, with stereotypical characters and plot. You just know what's going to happen, although the statuesque Faivre might take your mind off the shortcomings.

October 17, 2008 Full Review Source: New York Post
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There is in fact an elephant in The Elephant King, but his keepers are far from royal.

October 17, 2008 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Na´vetÚ drives the characters and the filmmaking -- a lethal combination for a movie that's desperate to come across as world-weary and wise.

October 15, 2008 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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Equivalent to a crummy band with a monster of a drummer who convinces you to stay for the whole show anyways.

October 15, 2008 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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...ultimately unable to live up to the relatively promising nature of its setup.

February 4, 2010 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
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Seth Grossman's second feature as a director is beautiful to look at, solidly acted, unpredictable and sexy as hell.

December 30, 2008 Full Review Source: OC Weekly
OC Weekly

Had writer/director Seth Grossman's The Elephant King not been shot on location in the seedy bars and brothels of Thailand, it would be stripped of its most intriguing component.

October 17, 2008 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

A depressing and bleak drama about two brothers in Thailand.

October 17, 2008 Full Review
Spirituality and Practice

An indie dud that mistakes lurid sensationalism for cultural exploration.

October 16, 2008 Full Review Source: Metromix.com
Metromix.com

If Grossman had found something more to say about life in Thailand other than that almost any attractive woman there can be had for money, The Elephant King might have more potency.

October 15, 2008 Full Review Source: New York Press
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