The Lawnmower Man 1992

The Lawnmower Man

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The Lawnmower Man suffers from a predictable, melodramatic script, and its once-groundbreaking visual effects look dated today.

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The eccentric Dr. Lawrence Angelo (Pierce Brosnan) puts mentally disabled landscaper Jobe Smith (Jeff Fahey) on a regimen of experimental pills and computer-simulated training sequences in hopes of augmenting the man's intelligence. In time Jobe becomes noticeably brighter and also begins to fare much better with the opposite sex. But, as he develops psychic powers, he realizes that those around him have taken advantage of his simplicity his whole life, and he plots a bloody revenge.

Cast & Crew

Jeff Fahey
Jobe Smith
Pierce Brosnan
Dr. Lawrence Angelo
Jenny Wright
Marnie Burke
Mark Bringelson
Sebastian Timms
Geoffrey Lewis
Terry McKeen
Jeremy Slate
Father Francis McKeen
Dean Norris
The Director
Colleen Coffey
Caroline Angelo
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Critic Reviews for The Lawnmower Man

All Critics (41) | Top Critics (6) | Fresh (14) | Rotten (27)

Audience Reviews for The Lawnmower Man

  • Oct 11, 2019
    The film is a tedious bore and it showcases all the wrong elements for cyberpunk storytelling. The visual effects weren't ground-breaking when you consider the year this film was made. The Abyss was 1989 and Jurassic Park was 1993, this film was not the innovative film of its time. VR died a worthwhile death in this era and the graphics showcase the exact issue VR had. This film is dull and Leonard had the issue of showcasing the talented actors with incoherent character arcs. The film is a mess and comes across as a cheap looking horror film. This film had a clear use by date and was a film that deserved to be from the 80s. Stephen King was right to want his name removed from the marketing. 07/10/2019
    Brendan N Super Reviewer
  • Jul 17, 2017
    Ahead of its time. Unfortunately, the technology it uses was not.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • May 11, 2014
    A film ahead of its time, The Lawnmower Man explores the dangers of unchecked technological evolution. Starring Jeff Fahey and Pierce Brosnan, a scientist's experiments with virtual reality and the mind have unexpected effects on a mentally handicapped landscaper named Jobe whose mental powers begin to escalate, giving him telepathic abilities and the power to merge the virtual and physical worlds. The writing's not very good, and is full of cliches and stereotypes. The development of Jobe is especially weak, and offers little explanation for what he does...besides general craziness. And the special effects are awful (even for 1992). The virtual reality in particular is more bizarre and distracting than intriguing. Unfortunately, the poor filmmaking in The Lawnmower Man overwhelms the ideas that it's trying to explore.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • May 11, 2014
    Both a cyberpunk retelling of Frankenstein and bastardization of Stephen King's short story of the same name, The Lawnmower Man is made worse by its preposterous plot twists, dated effects, and ham acting.
    Edward B Super Reviewer

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