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The Elephant Man Reviews

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Josh Larsen
September 16, 2014 its best when the story and period trappings serve Lynch's vision, and vice versa.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
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.
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Richard Brody
New Yorker
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.
John Ferguson
Radio Times
April 22, 2014
This stylish, poignant drama is probably the closest director David Lynch has got to the mainstream outside of the disastrous Dune.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5

Total Film
April 22, 2014
The playing is finely judged, the black-and-white cinematography is effective and the whole thing manages to be truly moving in a way that overcomes all the "I am not an animal!" schmaltz.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

People Magazine
April 22, 2014
Despite the excess, this is a uniquely memorable film.
Christopher Runyon
Movie Mezzanine
February 21, 2014
Lynch shows a weakness in this film that isn't present in just about any of his others: Sentimentality.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Scott G. Mignola
Common Sense Media
January 2, 2011
Heartbreaking drama isn't for sensitive viewers.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5

April 30, 2008
The greatest contribution -- apart from the central performances -- comes from Francis, whose wonderful black and white, widescreen photography lends atmosphere and clarity to the proceedings.
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
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.

TV Guide
April 30, 2008
A moving, faithful retelling of a bizarre true story.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Variety Staff
April 30, 2008
Director David Lynch has created an eerily compelling atmosphere in recounting a hideously deformed man's perilous life in Victorian England.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
April 23, 2007
It's an amazing story about the human spirit that's told with great sensitivity.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Michael A. Smith
Nolan's Pop Culture Review
December 14, 2006
One of the year's best films. Only DeNiro could take the Oscar away from John Hurt.
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
Emanuel Levy
June 22, 2006
In this follow-up to the amazing Eraserhead, David Lynch exposes undercurrents of anguish along with an emotionally accessible tale of Merrick's nobility--a Victorian morality play disguised as an elegy to freakishness
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Dan Jardine
June 7, 2006
Has the look and texture of an authentic document, elevated by the hand of a artist with a singular vision
Full Review | Original Score: 92/100
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 26, 2006
This black-and-white film already includes several Lyncian benchmarks: hissing noises, nightmare sequences, and moments of deadly quiet.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Tom Milne
Time Out
January 26, 2006
A marvellous movie, shot in stunning black-and-white by Freddie Francis.
Dan Fienberg
January 6, 2006
Perhaps Lynch's finest moment -- Both disturbingly odd and surprisingly humane.
| Original Score: 5/5
Cole Smithey
November 14, 2005
David Lynch does a neat turn with a straight drama.
| Original Score: 4/5
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