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The Man from Elysian Fields Reviews

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November 14, 2002
The direction, by George Hickenlooper, has no snap to it, no wiseacre crackle or hard-bitten cynicism.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
October 7, 2002
It does have wit and sophistication. What it doesn't have is plausibility, so I'm giving this movie thumbs down.
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
August 5, 2003
It mixes banality with literature and comes up with a pap concoction.
Full Review | Original Score: C
October 1, 2002
Full of glib pretensions ... and under the mistaken impression that self-pity is attractive and philandering says nothing about the philanderer.
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
October 17, 2002
Nothing, not a single character, gesture or exchange, rings true. When you think about it, that's some accomplishment.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
October 17, 2002
From the get-go, the story remains bogged down in its rather limited morass.
October 18, 2002
Even as make-believe, Elysian Fields offers a stupefying estrangement from reality.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
October 31, 2002
Moves in such odd plot directions and descends into such message-mongering moralism that its good qualities are obscured.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 1, 2002
Pompous and garbled.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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
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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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
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
July 29, 2002
The whole is less than the sum of its wonderful bon mots.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
September 26, 2002
Despite its dry wit and compassion, the film suffers from a philosophical emptiness and maddeningly sedate pacing.
October 3, 2002
The real crime in Elysian Fields is that it completely misses more compelling stories.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
October 4, 2002
It's a listless, predictable effort, occasionally redeemed by witty lines and charismatic performers.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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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