The Man from Elysian Fields


Mixed or average reviews - based on 26 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 26
  2. Negative: 3 out of 26

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  1. It's Jagger's bone-dry, mournfully brittle delivery that gives the film its bittersweet bite. Michael Des Barres and Anjelica Huston make the most of their supporting roles.
  2. By the end, 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.
  3. 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."
  4. The cast--including Julianna Margulies, Olivia Williams, James Coburn, and Anjelica Huston--keeps this pretty watchable, and casting Mick Jagger as director of the escort service was inspired.
  5. Reviewed by: Chris Gore
    Smart and full of sharply drawn characters and wonderfully snappy dialogue.
  6. 60
    Mick Jagger acts his age, finally, in an entertaining but ultimately disappointing fable.
  7. Wonderfully cast but underwhelming and never especially believable.
  8. 50
    Has an elegant feel, with beautiful shots on the beach and engaging camera work. If only Philip Jayson Lasker's writing could match that.
  9. 50
    Somewhere in this movie, amid the ponderous exchanges and unfortunate O. Henry-style coincidences, there's American tragedy.
  10. A pompous and garbled parable about how terribly, terribly difficult it is to make it as a creative artist, and how important it is to maintain high standards of haberdashery.
  11. A listless, predictable effort, occasionally redeemed by witty lines and charismatic performers.
  12. 50
    May not be perfect but must be given credit for all that it does right.

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