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The Man from Elysian Fields Reviews

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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
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
October 7, 2002
It does have wit and sophistication. What it doesn't have is plausibility, so I'm giving this movie thumbs down.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
October 4, 2002
The weirdest thing about The Man from Elysian Fields is that the actors... manage to overcome the bad writing with solid performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
October 1, 2002
Full of glib pretensions ... and under the mistaken impression that self-pity is attractive and philandering says nothing about the philanderer.
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
October 2, 2002
After an hour and a half of wondering -- sometimes amusedly, sometimes impatiently -- just what this strenuously unconventional movie is supposed to be, you discover that the answer is as conventional as can be.
| Original Score: 2/5
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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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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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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
October 18, 2002
Even as make-believe, Elysian Fields offers a stupefying estrangement from reality.
| Original Score: 2/4
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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
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
November 1, 2002
Pompous and garbled.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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
Ben Kenigsberg
East Hampton Independent
October 2, 2002
All of the elements are in place for a great film noir, but director George Hickenlooper's approach to the material is too upbeat.
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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
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
Susan Green
Boxoffice Magazine
July 29, 2002
The whole is less than the sum of its wonderful bon mots.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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John Patterson
L.A. Weekly
September 26, 2002
Despite its dry wit and compassion, the film suffers from a philosophical emptiness and maddeningly sedate pacing.
Pam Grady
October 3, 2002
The real crime in Elysian Fields is that it completely misses more compelling stories.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle
October 4, 2002
It's a listless, predictable effort, occasionally redeemed by witty lines and charismatic performers.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
October 8, 2002
Half of it is composed of snappy patter and pseudo-sophisticated cultural observations, while the remainder...would be more at home on a daytime television serial.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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