The Lawnmower Man
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Loosely based on a short story by Stephen King, The Lawnmower Man was the first film to explore virtual reality technology and boasts a dazzling collection of computer-animated sequences. The story concerns the slightly-mad scientist Dr. Lawrence Angelo (Pierce Brosnan), who as part of a secret government agency called Cybertech has been experimenting with something termed "intelligence enhancement." By using drugs and virtual reality technology, Angelo has managed to boost the IQ of experimental chimps. But he also makes them more aggressive and, bit by bit, they go insane. When one… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 38%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The Lawnmower Man echoes Frankenstein and a zillion other noble-scientist-whose-experiment-goes-awry movies."
‑ Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
"Despite the hackneyed sub-Frankenstein plot, the dazzling computer-generated special effects almost carry the film."
‑ , Time Out
"The Lawnmower Man is a visually stunning and innovative sojourn into a world of computer science gone haywire."
‑ Roger Hurlburt, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
"The CG sequences have dated horrendously."
‑ Andrew Lowry, Total Film
"The blatant effort to cash in on King's name has never been so evident before, and at this rate we can surely expect the prime terror and gruesome shocks of Stephen King's Grocery List."
‑ Steve Newton, Georgia Straight
"The Lawnmower Man has it all -- melodramatic plot, bad acting, special effects that will undoubtedly seem cheesy in about five minutes and even a concluding sequence in which the usual lofty moral is voiced."
‑ Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel
"The Lawnmower Man depends mostly on a lot of colorful video-game-like special effects. They are very loud but, after a while, the noise and the lights induce a torpor that is quite soothing."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"As a visual adventure, The Lawnmower Man is great fun."
‑ Stephen Hunter, Baltimore Sun
"The once eye-popping special effects are the real attraction of this science-fiction tale."
‑ Peter Freedman, Radio Times
"extremely outdated"
‑ Stefan Birgir Stefansson,
"Dazzling computer animation and special effects overcome The Lawnmower Man's mundane story."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"So loosely based on a Stephen King short story as to constitute fraud, The Lawnmower Man goes right to the bottom of a growing list of failed King adaptations."
‑ Richard Harrington, Washington Post
"Virtual reality aside, The Lawnmower Man suffers all the usual problems: the cliched story is further undermined by wooden performances, and the inevitable unhappy ending."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"This latest attempt to translate King's horrific talent into a movie interweaves ancient fright techniques with modern technology and winds up as Nintendoized Gothic."
‑ , People Magazine
"High-Tec, High-Tense Fun....Slickly directed, Fittingly performed"
‑ Clint Morris, Moviehole
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