Tommy (1975)

A boy born and raised in post-WWII England grows up seemingly deaf and mute due to a traumatic experience in his youth. He eventually gains fame as a pinball champion, is billed as a messiah and attempts to lead a religious sect.

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: March 19, 1975
DVD Release Date: September 21, 1999
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Critic Score: 77% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
TIME Magazine

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.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

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.

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

Most definitely a musical gem with the Who and everyone in the cast at their best.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

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.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

It's all fairly excessive and far from subtle, but in this case good taste would have been wildly inappropriate and a fearful drag.

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TV Guide

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.

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Variety Staff

Ken Russell's filmization of Tommy is spectacular in nearly every way.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

The effect is exhilarating and exhausting.

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Overlong, over-indulgent, overdone.

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Flixster Audience Score: 71% Flixster User Reviews
Jim Hunter
A young man grows up seemingly deaf and mute and becomes pinball champion and a leader of a religious cult. If I were doing one-sentence reviews, I would simply… More
jay nixon
wild and imaginative. Ann-Margret is amazing.
Aj V
This is one of the oddest musicals of all, but it's also pretty cool, and has a lot of good music from the Who. Plus, there are a lot of stars in it.
Cindy I
Composed as a "rock opera" by The Who, this is a weird tale of a boy struck deaf dumb and blind by a traumatic event. He becomes a "Pnball… More
Spencer S.
The strangest and most interesting musical I have ever seen. Keith Moon's scene is by far the most interesting part, along with Ann-Margret's charisma… More
Lady D'arbanville
A very odd story and musical, that made me laugh all the way, not because it was a comedy, but it was pretty amateur stuff and seeing Ollie Reed singing like… More