The Man from Elysian Fields - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

The Man from Elysian Fields Reviews

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Michael Dequina
December 28, 2008
What really sneaks up is how involved one gets into these characters and their complicated relationships.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
August 5, 2003
It mixes banality with literature and comes up with a pap concoction.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Mark Robison
Reno Gazette-Journal
April 2, 2003
The tone keeps a marvelous balance between intelligence and pity.
Full Review| Original Score: A-
Top Critic
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
March 12, 2003
Acting is what sustains the unstable plot lines.
Jon Popick
Planet Sick-Boy
February 24, 2003
Best of all is Garcia, who perfectly portrays the desperation of a very insecure man.
| Original Score: 6/10
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
December 28, 2002
...a trashy little bit of fluff stuffed with enjoyable performances and a bewildering sense of self-importance
Full Review| Original Score: B-
Chris Gore
Film Threat
December 28, 2002
Smart and full of sharply drawn characters and wonderfully snappy dialogue.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee
December 27, 2002
A terrifically engaging, provocative movie.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
December 20, 2002
The film is hard to dismiss -- moody, thoughtful, and lit by flashes of mordant humor.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
December 13, 2002
The film boasts at least a few good ideas and features some decent performances, but the result is disappointing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Sean P. Means
Salt Lake Tribune
December 13, 2002
When a movie asks you to feel sorry for Mick Jagger's sex life, it already has one strike against it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jeffrey Bruner
Des Moines Register
December 6, 2002
Hickenlooper seems unsure what he wants his film to be. Is it a mid-life crisis film? Is it a marriage-in-trouble film? Or is it really classy neo-porn lite?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Nick Carter
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
November 29, 2002
If you can look past the leaps in logic and take it in as a morality tale about the consequences of unprincipled affections, then Elysian Fields can offer its share of blissful moments.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Pete Croatto
November 27, 2002
I would have enjoyed Elysian more if the filmmakers had tried to ease off the dramatic fireworks and just let the characters and their dilemmas naturally progress.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Top Critic
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
November 14, 2002
The direction, by George Hickenlooper, has no snap to it, no wiseacre crackle or hard-bitten cynicism.
| Original Score: 2/5
Steve Schneider
Orlando Weekly
November 14, 2002
Prancing his way through the tailor-made part of a male hooker approaching the end of his vitality, Jagger obviously relishes every self-mocking moment.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Josh Larsen
Sun Publications (Chicago, IL)
November 14, 2002
...would be a total loss if not for two supporting performances taking place at the movie's edges.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
John Urbancich
Your Movies (
November 14, 2002
Funny and, at times, poignant, the film from director George Hickenlooper all takes place in Pasadena, "a city where people still read."
| Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
November 1, 2002
Pompous and garbled.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
November 1, 2002
A rare comedy of manners, witty, wicked and worldly, and one of the best movies of the year.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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