• Ciaran

    ★★★½ Added by Ciaran

    muh Steadicam

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  • MarvinMartian

    ★★★★ Added by MarvinMartian

    This film is one of my favorites. Based loosely on the events of Columbine, this film brings us so much more. If your looking for action, gore or a leading cast of actors move on. Though Gus Van Sant is not at the top of my list for directors, he has managed to achieve something special here. A glimpse into the very ordinary lives of some very ordinary people caught in a situation beyond their control.

    A dramatically powerful movie that will deliver time and again.

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  • Tresc

    ★★★★½ Added by Tresc

    Elephant is a necessary punch to the stomach in a post 9/11 world.

    Constructing a narrative -- he's good, he's bad; they did it because of X, Y'S favorite film featured violence, BLAH BLAH-- well that makes the shooting, or any modern tradgedy, comfortable, digestible. Increasingly, this is what public is being subjected to by flimsy media outlets. We can all forget about these events as soon as we've pointed out or villains and their motives, the heroes and their…

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  • Gex

    ★★½ Added by Gex

    Badly acted, slow paced, and at times amateurly shot. I know the whole film is supposed to be amateurly shot, but when it gets to the point where you can see the camera's reflection, I have to draw the line.

    Gets interesting when the shooting begins. Everything else is kinda dull. Still, it did manage to keep me interested enough to sit through the whole film without fast forwarding through segments.

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  • Jay-r Trinidad

    ★★★★★ Watched by Jay-r Trinidad 10 Oct, 2014

    everything just draws you in.

    even if you want to look away.

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  • Jackson Spindle

    ★★★★ Watched by Jackson Spindle 14 Sep, 2014

    Great cinematography and character introductions. Really love the long stretched out shots with music. Only problem is the climax is slightly underwhelming.

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  • Knox Gray

    ★★★★★ Added by Knox Gray

    A film that takes the mundane focuses on it and makes it beautiful. A must watch.

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  • Joe DiCanio

    ★★★½ Watched by Joe DiCanio 11 Nov, 2011

    Rating: B

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  • Nick Russo

    ★★★★½ Watched by Nick Russo 05 Oct, 2014

    Well that was...wow...indescribable...

    I am immensely shocked that this film was able to be made and released in a post-Columbine America, let alone world. It certainly could not be made in our country right now, and maybe even 5 years from now. Like Scott Tobias wrote in his 2003 review at the A.V. Club upon this film's release, Elephant really doesn't add to the discussion on high school gun violence. At least on the surface and upon an initial reaction,…

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  • Robert

    Rewatched by Robert 06 Oct, 2014 4

    I thought this was pretty good when I saw it for the first time (coincidentally it was exactly a year ago), but seeing it now, I have no idea why. Having now seen Alan Clarke's short made-for-TV film 'Elephant', which Van Sant unabashedly lifts the title and style from, this film seems so painfully redundant, in pretty much the same way as his shot-for-shot remake of 'Psycho' is painfully redundant. I genuinely believe the reason this film garnered more acclaim…

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  • Alfie Saxby

    ★★★½ Added by Alfie Saxby

    Pretty decent movie, caught me off guard at points.

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  • Jake

    ★★★½ Watched by Jake 27 Sep, 2014

    I gave it an extra 1/2 for the tracking shots, but this defintely isn't my favorite of Gus Van Sant's. Not a bad movie but I guess I was expecting more.

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