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The Man from Elysian Fields
George Hickenlooper directs this psychological drama about an impoverished writer lost in a world of money, power, and male escorts. Though happily married with a young child, Byron Tiller (Andy Garcia) is struggling to make ends meet as a novelist. His last work, called "Hitler's Child," had an ignoble run in the bookstore bargain bins and his editor is not interested in his latest work about migrant workers. One day, he is approached by a dapper Brit named Luther Fox (Mick Jagger) who actually read Tiller's last opus. Luther explains that he runs an escort agency named… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 51%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Acting is what sustains the unstable plot lines."
‑ Kirk Honeycutt, Hollywood Reporter
"A rare comedy of manners, witty, wicked and worldly, and one of the best movies of the year."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"What really sneaks up is how involved one gets into these characters and their complicated relationships."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"Best of all is Garcia, who perfectly portrays the desperation of a very insecure man."
‑ Jon Popick, Planet Sick-Boy
"A terrifically engaging, provocative movie."
‑ Joe Baltake, Sacramento Bee
"The direction, by George Hickenlooper, has no snap to it, no wiseacre crackle or hard-bitten cynicism."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"Moves in such odd plot directions and descends into such message-mongering moralism that its good qualities are obscured."
‑ Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
"It mixes banality with literature and comes up with a pap concoction."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"...a trashy little bit of fluff stuffed with enjoyable performances and a bewildering sense of self-importance"
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
"The film is hard to dismiss -- moody, thoughtful, and lit by flashes of mordant humor."
‑ Jim Lane, Sacramento News & Review
"Pompous and garbled."
‑ Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly
"Only the charm and attractiveness of the cast keeps this movie from the remainder bin."
‑ Andrew Sarris, New York Observer
"The tone keeps a marvelous balance between intelligence and pity."
‑ Mark Robison, Reno Gazette-Journal
"Smart and full of sharply drawn characters and wonderfully snappy dialogue."
‑ Chris Gore, Film Threat
"The film boasts at least a few good ideas and features some decent performances, but the result is disappointing."
‑ Jeff Vice, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
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