The Lawnmower Man
The Lawnmower Man (1992)

Based on a Stephen King short story, this sci-fi horror story stars Pierce Brosnan as a virtual reality researcher who uses a dim-witted gardener (Jeff Fahey) as a test subject in a crucial experiment. The result: the groundskeeper becomes… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: September 30, 1997
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38%
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User Score
31%



Critic Score: 38% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The Lawnmower Man suffers from a predictable, melodramatic script, and its once-groundbreaking visual effects look dated today.

Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer

The Lawnmower Man echoes Frankenstein and a zillion other noble-scientist-whose-experiment-goes-awry movies.

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Time Out

Despite the hackneyed sub-Frankenstein plot, the dazzling computer-generated special effects almost carry the film.

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Roger Hurlburt
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

The Lawnmower Man is a visually stunning and innovative sojourn into a world of computer science gone haywire.

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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel

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.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

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.

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Stephen Hunter
Baltimore Sun

As a visual adventure, The Lawnmower Man is great fun.

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Variety Staff
Variety

Dazzling computer animation and special effects overcome The Lawnmower Man's mundane story.

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Richard Harrington
Washington Post

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.

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TV Guide's Movie Guide

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 31% Flixster User Reviews
Edward Boxler
Both a cyberpunk retelling of Frankenstein and bastardization of Stephen King's short story of the same name, The Lawnmower Man is made worse by its… More
Dean !
Wow looking so outdated now, and Virtual reality is barely used these days. Didn't take off like it was predicted. This is based on a short story by… More
Alex roy
Interesting idea for a Sci Fi horror film, but lacks any real sense of wonder. By today's standards the film looks very dated and it plays out like a cheap… More
Anthony Lawrie
Oh dear, it was supposed to be so much more! It claimed to be the CGI breakthrough, that ?it doesn't get any better than this?! Then Jurassic Park came… More
Directors Cat
A fairly average thriller that isn't in any way memorable. Dont get me wrong, it's not a bad movie but the brilliantly ingenius premise should have… More
Jason Owens
Dr. Angelo (Pierce Brosnan) is a scientist who is studying the effects of virtual reality on the mind of a monkey. The experiments don't go well with the… More

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