The Elephant King
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Seth Grossman's psychological drama The Elephant King concerns two brothers who have very different outlooks on life. Jake Hunt is a scientist working in Thailand who, dissatisfied with much of his life, does little work and lives his life in a state of great excess. He invites his younger brother, Oliver, to visit. Even though the two have a strained relationship, Oliver accepts as he has been suffering from a severe depression. Oliver joins Jake in nights of excess, and falls in love with a girl whom Jake is paying to be nice to Oliver. As the threesome heads toward a tragic conclusion,… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 18%

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"erhaps a bit of star power, or at least less generic actors in the leads, might have given these underdeveloped siblings more credence or appeal."
‑ Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times
"Na´vetÚ drives the characters and the filmmaking -- a lethal combination for a movie that's desperate to come across as world-weary and wise."
‑ Stephen Garrett, Time Out New York
"Seth Grossman's second feature as a director is beautiful to look at, solidly acted, unpredictable and sexy as hell."
‑ Luke Y. Thompson, OC Weekly
"An indie dud that mistakes lurid sensationalism for cultural exploration."
‑ Geoff Berkshire,
"Director-writer Seth Grossman provides a lazy narrative, with stereotypical characters and plot. You just know what's going to happen, although the statuesque Faivre might take your mind off the shortcomings."
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"Equivalent to a crummy band with a monster of a drummer who convinces you to stay for the whole show anyways."
‑ Nick Pinkerton, Village Voice
"Had writer/director Seth Grossman's The Elephant King not been shot on location in the seedy bars and brothels of Thailand, it would be stripped of its most intriguing component."
‑ Mark Keizer, Boxoffice Magazine
"If Grossman had found something more to say about life in Thailand other than that almost any attractive woman there can be had for money, The Elephant King might have more potency."
‑ Mark Peikert, New York Press
"There is in fact an elephant in The Elephant King, but his keepers are far from royal."
‑ Nathan Lee, New York Times
"...ultimately unable to live up to the relatively promising nature of its setup."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"A depressing and bleak drama about two brothers in Thailand."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
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