Elephant (2003)

A tale about high school violence that unfolds on an ordinary school day, inside an American high school, filled with schoolwork, football, gossip and socializing. For each of the students we meet, high school is a different experience:… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: November 7, 2003
DVD Release Date: May 4, 2004
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Critic Score: 73% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The movie's spare and unconventional style will divide viewers.

David Denby
New Yorker

Gus Van Sant's fascinating, mysterious, semidocumentary meditation on the Columbine massacre is not very satisfying, but it's still something to see.

Christy Lemire
Associated Press

The approach is oddly riveting, though, because the tension builds slowly, and you know what's going to happen at the end of the day.

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David Keyes

Watching it, one is left with the cold realization that a story like this had to be made for the screen, and it had to be done so exactly with this level of intensity.

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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal

What I'll remember most vividly about Gus Van Sant's extraordinary "Elephant" is not the violent climax but the state of grace that precedes it.

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Time Out

The film doesn't try to explain, but to put us in a subjective time and space, a place where it's impossible not to feel the abject horror of random violence.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Common Sense Media

Director Gus Van Sant takes a powerful approach to this material, without being heavy-handed.

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Scott Tobias
AV Club

Elephant creates gorgeous, wide-open spaces that allow viewers the freedom to reflect without having a point-of-view imposed on them.

Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture

Elephant is a lurid tease posing as an art film.

Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

One of the most disturbing films I've ever seen, one that gave me a rush of emotions of sadness, horror, disbelief, shock, and anguish.

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Flixster Audience Score: 79% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
With a flawless direction and elegant long takes, this hypnotizing film moves in a careful pace to follow its characters prior to an impending tragedy. I only… More
Alex roy
Elephant is a well crafted drama film directed by Gus Van Sant who paints a visceral violent portrait of how violence can find its way in high school. With an… More
Chris Weber
Quite an experience. More about tone than anything. I read a review on someone's blog that said that not only does this film not trivialize Columbine (as… More
Cameron Sherwell
At the time of writing this review it's been a little over twenty-four (24) hours since I watched 'Elephant', a Columbine inspired film which had… More
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Gus Van Sant's 'Elephant' made me sick in the stomach. Powerful and unsettling, masterful in its direction, editing and sound design. Never have… More
Zach Brehany
This is one of those films I found not by looking at 'great art films', but by looking up two things that interest me: films that won the Golden Palm… More

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