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Tommy Reviews

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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.
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+
Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)
October 30, 2004
Read More | Original Score: 1/5
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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.

May 6, 2013
Overlong, over-indulgent, overdone.

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
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
April 28, 2005
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 23, 2004
The effect is exhilarating and exhausting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Brian Orndorf
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
Rebecca Murray
October 17, 2003
| Original Score: 4/5
Cole Smithey
October 7, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
Charles Cassady
Common Sense Media
March 15, 2011
Trippy rock opera with drug references and sexual imagery.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
January 2, 2017
Most definitely a musical gem with the Who and everyone in the cast at their best.
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Variety Staff
March 26, 2009
Ken Russell's filmization of Tommy is spectacular in nearly every way.
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
November 15, 2003
| Original Score: 3/5
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
October 31, 2003
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
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
Joshua Tanzer
March 25, 2003
| Original Score: 4/5
John Demetry
March 2, 2003
Russell reveals that even such a liberating relation to pop can itself become commodified.
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
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