The Lawnmower Man
The Lawnmower Man (1992)

A mentally handicapped gardener (Jeff Fahey) allows a scientist (Pierce Brosnan) to experiment on him. Marnie: Jenny Wright. Timms: Mark Bringleson. Directed and coauthored by Brett Leonard. Contains footage cut from the theatrical release.

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Rated: R
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Release Date: March 6, 1992
DVD Release Date: September 30, 1997
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Critic Score: 35% 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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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Its greatest assets are its dazzling video game special effects.

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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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Austin Trunick
Under the Radar

Nowadays, The Lawnmower Man's cyberspace looks like a budget PlayStation 2 title.

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Variety Staff

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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Jeff Beck
The Blu Spot

The Lawnmower Man features an intriguing plot filled with some grand ideas, but thanks to a screenplay that throws all of that away in favor of a tonally-jarring and silly spectacle, we end up with a film whose full potential is never realized.

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Flixster Audience Score: 31% Flixster User Reviews
Daniel J DeMersseman
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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
Edward Boxler
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Dean King
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
Jason Owens
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