The Lawnmower Man (1992)

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

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A mentally handicapped gardener (Jeff Fahey) allows a scientist (Pierce Brosnan) to experiment on him. Marnie: Jenny Wright. Timms: Mark Bringleson. Directed and coauthored by Brett Leonard. Contains footage cut from the theatrical release.
Rating:
R (adult situations/language, sex)
Genre:
Horror , Mystery & Suspense , Science Fiction & Fantasy
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Runtime:
Studio:
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

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Cast

Pierce Brosnan
as Dr. Lawrence Angelo
Jeff Fahey
as Jobe Smith
Jenny Wright
as Marnie Burke
John Laughlin
as Jake Simpson
Austin O'Brien
as Peter Parkette
Geoffrey Lewis
as Terry McKeen
Jeremy Slate
as Father Francis McKeen
Doug Hutchison
as Security Technician
Troy Evans
as Lieutenant Goodwin
Dean Norris
as Director
Michael Valverde
as Day Gate Guard
Randall Fontana
as Hotel Waiter
Joe Hart
as Patrolman Cooley
Michael Gregory
as Security Chief
Craig Benton
as White Coat
Frank Collison
as Night Gate Guard
Mark Bringleson
as Sebastian Timms
Rosalee Mayeux
as Carla Parkette
Colleen Coffey
as Caroline Angelo
Ray Lykins
as Harold Parkette
Mark Bringelson
as Sebastian Timms
Mara Duronslet
as Young Woman Clerk
Craig Hosking
as Helicopter Pilot
Dale Raoul
as Dolly
Jim Landis
as Ed Waits
Roger Rook
as Older Guard
Denney Pierce
as Skinhead Guard
Duane Byrne
as Letchworth Buddy
Daniel Silver
as 1st Boy
Joey Simrin
as 2nd Boy
Jonathan Smart
as Assistant
Mike Valverde
as Day Gate Guard
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Critic Reviews for The Lawnmower Man

All Critics (34) | Top Critics (6)

The Lawnmower Man echoes Frankenstein and a zillion other noble-scientist-whose-experiment-goes-awry movies.

Full Review… | April 1, 2014
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

The Lawnmower Man has it all -- melodramatic plot, bad acting, special effects that will undoubtedly seem cheesy in about five minutes and even a concluding sequence in which the usual lofty moral is voiced.

Full Review… | April 1, 2014
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

Dazzling computer animation and special effects overcome The Lawnmower Man's mundane story.

Full Review… | March 25, 2009
Variety
Top Critic

Despite the hackneyed sub-Frankenstein plot, the dazzling computer-generated special effects almost carry the film.

Full Review… | June 23, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

The Lawnmower Man depends mostly on a lot of colorful video-game-like special effects. They are very loud but, after a while, the noise and the lights induce a torpor that is quite soothing.

Full Review… | August 30, 2004
New York Times
Top Critic

So loosely based on a Stephen King short story as to constitute fraud, The Lawnmower Man goes right to the bottom of a growing list of failed King adaptations.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Washington Post
Top Critic

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Super Reviewer

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 Boxler
Edward Boxler

Super Reviewer

½

Interesting idea for a Sci Fi horror film, but lacks any real sense of wonder. By today's standards the film looks very dated and it plays out like a cheap low budget horror flick. Overall this is a decent affair with nothing really special going for it. The film suffers from an ambitious scope that is limited by a so-so script. I was looking forward to seeing this, but in the end it's nothing too remarkable. Acting wise, the actors are pretty decent, nothing ever good or bad. This film could have been much better and with a concept like this, it's a shame that there was nothing memorable about the film. As a whole, The Lawnmower Man is worth seeing, but is not the type of film that warrants multiple viewings. This is the type of film that may have looked good on paper, but the execution is kind of weak, and you realize that the film doesn't fulfill its full potential. There has been another film that would explore virtual reality as a vehicle for horror and that film is Brainscan, which is a far superior movie than this. Overall, The Lawnmower Man is decent entertainment, but ultimately is forgettable in the long run. I think it's a great shame because I really liked the idea behind the plot, however the execution leaves a lot to be desired, and it could have been done better. There are times where things get silly, especially near the end. Some aspects could also have rewritten and you just end up wanting more out of this film. Throughout the film, you just realize that there's something missing to really make it a worthwhile horror experience.

Alex roy
Alex roy

Super Reviewer

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