The Man from Elysian Fields - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

The Man from Elysian Fields Reviews

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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
October 31, 2002
Moves in such odd plot directions and descends into such message-mongering moralism that its good qualities are obscured.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle
October 27, 2002
A pointed, often tender, examination of the pros and cons of unconditional love and familial duties.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star
October 25, 2002
Everything about the production is tasteful and carefully modulated -- but there's no spunk here.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
October 23, 2002
Only the charm and attractiveness of the cast keeps this movie from the remainder bin.
Elias Savada
Nitrate Online
October 22, 2002
The Man From Elysian Fields is a cold, bliss-less work that groans along thinking itself some important comment on how life throws us some beguiling curves.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
October 18, 2002
May not be perfect but must be given credit for all that it does right.
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
October 18, 2002
The story's so preposterous that I didn't believe it for a second, despite the best efforts of everyone involved.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
October 18, 2002
This good-looking, well-acted but sloooow-moving film is a parable, and a rather obvious one at that.
| Original Score: C-
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Steven Rosen
Denver Post
October 18, 2002
One wishes Elysian Fields gave us more.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
October 18, 2002
Even as make-believe, Elysian Fields offers a stupefying estrangement from reality.
| Original Score: 2/4
October 18, 2002
The movie has an interesting premise with some nice twists and turns, character studies, and an appealing edginess.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
William Arnold
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
October 17, 2002
Every scene is contrived to advance the film toward its predetermined end, and the characters consistently act the way people never do in real situations. Even so, the movie is relatively fun to watch, thanks mostly to the cast.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Tom Sime
Dallas Morning News
October 17, 2002
The actors are appealing, but Elysian Fields is idiotic and absurdly sentimental.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
October 17, 2002
From the get-go, the story remains bogged down in its rather limited morass.
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Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News
October 17, 2002
Nothing, not a single character, gesture or exchange, rings true. When you think about it, that's some accomplishment.
| Original Score: 1/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
October 17, 2002
Garcia, Coburn and particularly Jagger surprise throughout.
| Original Score: 3/4
Todd Anthony
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
October 11, 2002
Labored, pretentious riff on American Gigolo.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Marta Barber
Miami Herald
October 11, 2002
Too many improbabilities and rose-colored situations temper what could've been an impacting film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
October 10, 2002
Jagger the actor is someone you want to see again.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
October 8, 2002
One of those nicely made, well-acted, entertaining pictures that would be sensational if only it didn't suffer from a failure of nerve.
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