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Elephant Reviews

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David Keyes
May 14, 2014
Watching it, one is left with the cold realization that a story like this had to be made for the screen, and it had to be done so exactly with this level of intensity.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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David Denby
New Yorker
April 24, 2013
Gus Van Sant's fascinating, mysterious, semidocumentary meditation on the Columbine massacre is not very satisfying, but it's still something to see.
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
April 24, 2013
What I'll remember most vividly about Gus Van Sant's extraordinary "Elephant" is not the violent climax but the state of grace that precedes it.
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
April 24, 2013
Elephant creates gorgeous, wide-open spaces that allow viewers the freedom to reflect without having a point-of-view imposed on them.
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
April 24, 2013
The approach is oddly riveting, though, because the tension builds slowly, and you know what's going to happen at the end of the day.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Common Sense Media
August 3, 2012
Director Gus Van Sant takes a powerful approach to this material, without being heavy-handed.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
One of the most disturbing films I've ever seen, one that gave me a rush of emotions of sadness, horror, disbelief, shock, and anguish.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
October 18, 2008
One of the most stimulating and provocative films of the year.
Kim Newman
Empire Magazine
April 1, 2006
Van Sant's least 'show-offy', most personal, best picture in years (maybe ever), and an honourable attempt at respectfully considering the unbearable.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Time Out
January 26, 2006
The film doesn't try to explain, but to put us in a subjective time and space, a place where it's impossible not to feel the abject horror of random violence.
Louis Proyect
October 18, 2005
A failure to communicate
Bill Clark
June 20, 2005
A film without any easy answers, or answers at all.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
May 3, 2005
A morally dubious waiting game.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Jay Antani
Los Angeles Alternative
September 30, 2004
Elephant is one of this year's boldest movies....But, in refusing to assert a point of view about what troubles American youth, Van Sant...flees the scene of the crime
| Original Score: 3/5
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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
August 7, 2004
Elephant is a lurid tease posing as an art film.
Joe Utichi
July 20, 2004
Elephant is a genuinely moving film, thoroughly deserving of its Cannes honour.
| Original Score: 86/100
Glenn Kenny
Premiere Magazine
July 3, 2004
I haven't been crazy about a lot of Van Sant's recent work, but what he does here is simply astonishing.
Enrique Buchichio
Uruguay Total
June 8, 2004
La narración de Van Sant, por más contemplativa o "inactiva" que parezca, nunca aburre o distrae al espectador.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Dustin Putman
May 8, 2004
One of the most thought-provoking and important films of the last few years.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
April 16, 2004
Van Sant has created a beautifully realized film that works so well because it almost forces us to search for deeper meanings.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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