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The Lawnmower Man

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United Kingdom, United States, Japan · 1992
Rated R · 1h 48m
Director Brett Leonard
Starring Jeff Fahey, Pierce Brosnan, Jenny Wright, Mark Bringelson
Genre Science Fiction, Horror

A simple man is turned into a genius through the application of computer science.

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Washington Post by

Unfortunately, the VR special effects are few and far between in a film short on plot and long on derivation.


Orlando Sentinel by Jay Boyar

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.


Boston Globe by Jay Carr

Mostly plays like an artificial stupidity experiment. Zappy visuals aside, it's essentially a reactionary take on science, stemming from the movies' traditional belief that a little knowledge is a dangerous thing, and a lot of knowledge is worse. Think of it as Faust Goes to the Lab, with an ambitious doc serving as Mephistopheles. [6 Mar 1992, p.30]


Empire by Kim Newman

Although patched together from loose ends, this works surprisingly well, with interesting and well-integrated visual effects, some nice humour and a few genuinely visionary touches.


The New York Times by Vincent Canby

The Lawn Mower 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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