The Man from Elysian Fields

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  • Summary: When a struggling writer (Garcia) is recruited by the head of an elite male escort service (Jagger), he finds himself involved with the wife (Williams) of one of the world's most successful writers (Coburn).


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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 26
  2. Negative: 3 out of 26
  1. 100
    This is a grown-up movie, in its humor and in its wisdom about life. You need to have lived a little to understand the complexities of Tobias Allcott, who is played by James Coburn with a pitch-perfect balance between sadness and sardonic wit.
  2. New Times (L.A.)
    Reviewed by: Gregory Weinkauf
    Sharp, smart and robustly engaging film.
  3. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    A fine cast further illuminates a felicitous script.
  4. 60
    Mick Jagger acts his age, finally, in an entertaining but ultimately disappointing fable.
  5. 60
    Despite its dry wit and compassion, the film suffers from a philosophical emptiness and maddeningly sedate pacing, and, in the end, the only aspect of the movie that truly commands attention is Jagger's desperately inexpressive acting, which hasn’t improved one iota since "Ned Kelly."
  6. 50
    Somewhere in this movie, amid the ponderous exchanges and unfortunate O. Henry-style coincidences, there's American tragedy.
  7. Manure of a relatively clover-scented variety, George Hickenlooper's The Man From Elysian Fields is at primal odds with itself.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 0 out of 5