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Elephant Reviews

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March 12, 2018
There's much to argue with, but this unconventional, oddly beautiful film resonates in unexpected ways.
February 1, 2018
Elephant is a cool, distant film, content for the most part to observe the routine of high-school life.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
August 3, 2012
Director Gus Van Sant takes a powerful approach to this material, without being heavy-handed.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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
October 18, 2008
One of the most stimulating and provocative films of the year.
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
Top Critic
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.
June 20, 2005
A film without any easy answers, or answers at all.
Full Review | Original Score: A
March 5, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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
July 20, 2004
Elephant is a genuinely moving film, thoroughly deserving of its Cannes honour.
| Original Score: 86/100
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.
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
May 8, 2004
One of the most thought-provoking and important films of the last few years.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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