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Tommy Reviews

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TIME Magazine
May 6, 2013
One thing is sure: there has never been a movie musical quite like Tommy, a weird, crazy, wonderfully excessive version of The Who's rock opera.
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
May 6, 2013
This 1975 film's inventiveness begins to flag about halfway through, but by then it's a relief. If only Wagner could have lived to see this.

TV Guide
May 6, 2013
Fans of the Who beware. Ken Russell applies his rococo outpourings to Pete Townshend's rock opera and botches not only the visuals but the fine score.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4

Film4
May 6, 2013
Overlong, over-indulgent, overdone.
Phil Hall
Film Snobbery
April 15, 2011
An anything-goes phantasmagoria that pushes at the borders of good taste and good sense.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Charles Cassady
Common Sense Media
March 15, 2011
Trippy rock opera with drug references and sexual imagery.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Brian Orndorf
BrianOrndorf.com
August 27, 2010
The core essence of Tommy lies in the quivering carriage of Ann-Margret and her heroic personification of Russell's funhouse directorial approach.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
July 26, 2010
Emphasizing the sensual and musical elements of the rock opera, Ken Russell brings his excessive visual flourishes to the material and also get good performances from Ann-Margret and Oliver Reed, resulting in an original musical movie.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Variety Staff
Variety
March 26, 2009
Ken Russell's filmization of Tommy is spectacular in nearly every way.
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
This is both the movie in which [Russell] is most faithful to the ideas and tone of his material, and one of his very worst films.
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
March 16, 2006
Quite the gaudy mind-blower.
| Original Score: 3/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
February 23, 2006
It becomes tiresome and runs out of gas way before the conclusion.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
May 9, 2005
It's all fairly excessive and far from subtle, but in this case good taste would have been wildly inappropriate and a fearful drag.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
May 3, 2005
It is an extravagant musical curiosity, or Baby Boomer time capsule, if nothing else.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 23, 2004
The effect is exhilarating and exhausting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
John Demetry
PopMatters
March 2, 2003
Russell reveals that even such a liberating relation to pop can itself become commodified.
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
December 29, 2002
I know how nearly every shot was done by this point, but that hasn't dimmed what is to me the essential magic of the movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Forrest Hartman
Reno Gazette-Journal
October 11, 2002
Quirky, although not altogether successful, cinematic reading of The Who's rock opera.
| Original Score: 3/5
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
October 7, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
April 28, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
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