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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 76%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"One thing is sure: there has never been a movie musical quite like Tommy, a weird, crazy, wonderfully excessive version of The Who's rock opera."
‑ , TIME Magazine
"This is both the movie in which [Russell] is most faithful to the ideas and tone of his material, and one of his very worst films."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"Fans of the Who beware. Ken Russell applies his rococo outpourings to Pete Townshend's rock opera and botches not only the visuals but the fine score."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Trippy rock opera with drug references and sexual imagery."
‑ Charles Cassady, Common Sense Media
"Quite the gaudy mind-blower."
‑ Rob Thomas, Capital Times (Madison, WI)
"This 1975 film's inventiveness begins to flag about halfway through, but by then it's a relief. If only Wagner could have lived to see this."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"It's all fairly excessive and far from subtle, but in this case good taste would have been wildly inappropriate and a fearful drag."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"Overlong, over-indulgent, overdone."
‑ , Film4
"The core essence of Tommy lies in the quivering carriage of Ann-Margret and her heroic personification of Russell's funhouse directorial approach."
‑ Brian Orndorf,
"It becomes tiresome and runs out of gas way before the conclusion."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Ken Russell's filmization of Tommy is spectacular in nearly every way."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"The effect is exhilarating and exhausting."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"An anything-goes phantasmagoria that pushes at the borders of good taste and good sense."
‑ Phil Hall, Film Snobbery
"Emphasizing the sensual and musical elements of the rock opera, Ken Russell brings his excessive visual flourishes to the material and also get good performances from Ann-Margret and Oliver Reed, resulting in an original musical movie."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"It is an extravagant musical curiosity, or Baby Boomer time capsule, if nothing else."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
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