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The Elephant Man Reviews

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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+
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
December 23, 2003
| Original Score: 2/5
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.
January 2, 2011
Heartbreaking drama isn't for sensitive viewers.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
October 15, 2002
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
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
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
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
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.
December 27, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
May 22, 2018
The theme is something of a self-pitying cliché, and yet Lynch takes such a novel path to it that the film has a hypnotic, transcendent force.
November 14, 2005
David Lynch does a neat turn with a straight drama.
| Original Score: 4/5
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
January 26, 2006
A marvellous movie, shot in stunning black-and-white by Freddie Francis.
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 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
February 7, 2003
| Original Score: 4/5
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.
August 8, 2002
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
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