The Elephant Man Reviews

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April 22, 2014
This is a tale of redemption and transcendence, of the hunchback of London Hospital, of the noble phantom who wanted to go to the opera, of Beauty and the Beast.
April 22, 2014
Lynch's powerful depiction of Merrick (played by John Hurt) moves a viewer from revulsion and fear to empathy and tenderness. That's the very movement of the story itself.
April 30, 2008
The picture itself is a strange trade-off between Lynch's personal themes -- the night world of obscure, disturbing sexual obsessions -- and the requirements of a middlebrow message movie.
April 30, 2008
Director David Lynch has created an eerily compelling atmosphere in recounting a hideously deformed man's perilous life in Victorian England.
January 26, 2006
A marvellous movie, shot in stunning black-and-white by Freddie Francis.
October 23, 2004
I kept asking myself what the film was really trying to say about the human condition as reflected by John Merrick, and I kept drawing blanks.
June 14, 2019
Many Lynchian tropes are here, from a sense of foreboding to a fascination with the grotesque, in terms of Merrick and outsiders' reactions to him.
April 15, 2019
From deep beneath layers of latex makeup, Hurt inhabits a highly specific physical and behavioral characterization, while also conveying the essential, universal loneliness of the human soul.
August 28, 2018
As strange and modern as Lynch's vision is, The Elephant Man looks back to cinema's beginnings, with its images of locomotives and cinematic tricks that recall Georges Méliès.
May 22, 2018
The theme is something of a self-pitying clich, and yet Lynch takes such a novel path to it that the film has a hypnotic, transcendent force.
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