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The Elephant Man Reviews

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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.
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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.
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Variety Staff
Variety
April 30, 2008
Director David Lynch has created an eerily compelling atmosphere in recounting a hideously deformed man's perilous life in Victorian England.
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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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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.
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
May 20, 2003
What we eventually see underneath this shell is not 'the study in dignity' that Ashley Montagu wrote about, but something far more poignant, a study in genteelness that somehow suppressed all rage.