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Based on 37 Reviews
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  • 88
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    To those who see no purpose to this film, I say the purpose is learning not to turn a blind eye. The unique and unforgettable Elephant keeps its eyes wide open. show more

  • 75
    San Francisco Chronicle

    A haunting elegy on the unpredictability of life. Never knowing what the next minute might bring is the elephant in all our lives. show more

  • 90
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    Calmly, almost serenely, Mr. Van Sant and his superb cinematographer, Harris Savides, reveal a vision of contemporary American youth quite unlike any other. show more

  • 75
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    The film equivalent of Maya Lin's Vietnam monument, that collective gravestone to the fallen, in the way it employs abstract means to quantify the loss of life and elicit a profound sense of grief. show more

  • 50
    Jami Bernard New York Daily News

    A ­movie that takes impartiality to new places artistically. The film is infuriating. show more

  • 100
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    It simply looks at the day as it unfolds, and that is a brave and radical act; it refuses to supply reasons and assign cures, so that we can close the case and move on. show more

  • 100
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    Van Sant gives no pat or easy answers. Instead he makes us squirm, worry, and think. That's why Elephant is a must-see movie. show more

  • 100
    Rene Rodriguez Miami Herald

    Makes the Columbine shootings seem both abstract yet more painful and vivid. It also gets you excited all over again about the things movies can do. show more

  • 100
    Wesley Morris Boston Globe

    The atmosphere is hypo-stylized, vividly generic and worse than real, like a doomy Frederick Wiseman documentary. show more

  • 100
    Glenn Kenny Premiere

    I haven't been crazy about a lot of Van Sant's recent work, but what he does here is simply astonishing. [November 2003, p. 25] show more

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