Elvis

critic Reviews

, 77% Certified Fresh Tomatometer Score
  • The standard rock biopic formula gets all shook up in Elvis, with Baz Luhrmann's dazzling energy and style perfectly complemented by Austin Butler's outstanding lead performance.
  • , Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Ed MasleyArizona Republic
    It's all very stylized and flashy and modern, self-consciously hip in a way that's clearly been designed to speak to generations for whom Elvis Presley may not be the King of Rock 'n' Roll so much as the guy on the soundtrack to "Lilo & Stitch."
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    Jonathan RomneyUncut Magazine [UK]
    Elvis is hyperbolic, one-dimensional and ludicrous – but as high-excess cinematic myth-making, it’s a blast.
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  • , Rotten Tomatometer Score
    Todd GilchristAV Club
    Luhrmann's fast-cutting super-montage style overpowers the subject matter, and the result is an impressionistic, jumbled highlight reel of Presley’s many accomplishments, despite vivid recreations by actor Austin Butler as The King.
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    Ty BurrTy Burr's Watch List
    Baz Luhrmann turns the life of Elvis Aaron Presley into a three-ring circus with more sensation than sense in Elvis. But it’s got a good beat and you can dance to it.
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    Adam Mullins-KhatibChicago Reader
    Flashes of color, lightning cuts, and the camera spins and needle drops are at times overwhelming, but it’s an overall enjoyable experience that washes over you in waves of excitement.
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    Dwight BrownDwightBrownInk.com
    Baz Luhrmann photobombs this Elvis portrait with over-extravagant filmmaking that dwarfs the iconic rock and roller. And that ain’t easy.
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    Eric MarchenRogers TV
    In typical Luhrmann fashion, he grossly overcompensates with his self-indulgent trademarks like cheap visual tactics used ad nauseam. It’s maximalist entertainment at its worst.
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  • , Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Raquel StecherThe Movie Palace Podcast
    “This is Butler’s interpretation of Elvis. This isn’t an actor impersonating Elvis, which I think is really key.”
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    Dallas KingFlick Feast
    There are certainly no half measures here. Not one single thing is subdued or understated here. One’s tolerance for the in-your-face, OTT theatrics will greatly depend on your enjoyment of Luhrmann’s previous efforts.
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    Charles TaylorEsquire Magazine
    Thrillingly, director Baz Luhrmann makes the remarkable response to the singer feel like the only possible option to being offered this much pleasure, this much freedom.
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