The Elephant Man - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

The Elephant Man Reviews

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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+
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Michelle Alexandria
Eclipse Magazine
December 23, 2003
| Original Score: 2/5
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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.
Scott G. Mignola
Common Sense Media
January 2, 2011
Heartbreaking drama isn't for sensitive viewers.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
October 15, 2002
| Original Score: 4/5
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
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.
| Original Score: 5/5
Scott Weinberg
July 26, 2002
My apologies to the fans of the absurd, but I'd call this David Lynch's one true masterpiece.
| Original Score: 5/5
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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.
Mark R. Leeper
December 27, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
Cole Smithey
November 14, 2005
David Lynch does a neat turn with a straight drama.
| Original Score: 4/5
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.
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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.
Christopher Null
January 1, 2000
Understated and masterful in its use of costumes, makeup, and low-budget camerawork, David Lynch's portrait of John The Elephant Man Merrick stands as one of the best biographies on film.
| Original Score: 4/5
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
February 7, 2003
| Original Score: 4/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
January 15, 2002
This very interesting and moving film challenges us to examine the complex nuances of benevolence and the potential of the human spirit to transcend genetic impairments.
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
August 8, 2002
| Original Score: 4/5
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
November 15, 2003
| Original Score: 5/5
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