100

Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
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.
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100

Miami Herald

By Rene Rodriguez
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.
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100

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
The atmosphere is hypo-stylized, vividly generic and worse than real, like a doomy Frederick Wiseman documentary.
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100

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
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.
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90

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
Calmly, almost serenely, Mr. Van Sant and his superb cinematographer, Harris Savides, reveal a vision of contemporary American youth quite unlike any other.
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88

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
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.
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
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.
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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.
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75

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Beauty competes with vacuity in Elephant, and for a good stretch of writer-director Gus Van Sant's maddeningly passive ode to high school innocence and Columbine-age youthful evil, beauty wins.
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50

New York Daily News

By Jami Bernard
A ­movie that takes impartiality to new places artistically. The film is infuriating.
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70 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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