Tommy (1975) - Rotten Tomatoes


Tommy (1975)



Critic Consensus: Tommy is as erratic and propulsive as a game of pinball, incorporating The Who's songs into an irreverent odyssey with the visual imagination that only director Ken Russell can conjure.

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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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as Nora Walker Hobbs
Oliver Reed
as Frank Hobbs
Elton John
as Pinball Wizard
Tina Turner
as Acid Queen
Eric Clapton
as Preacher
Keith Moon
as Uncle Ernie
Jack Nicholson
as The Specialist
Robert Powell
as Capt. Walker
Paul Nicholas
as Cousin Kevin
Barry Winch
as Young Tommy
Victoria Russell
as Sally Simpson
Ben Aris
as Rev. Simpson
Mary Holland
as Mrs. Simpson
Eddie Stacey
as Bovver Boy
Juliet King
as Handmaiden
Gillian King
as Handmaiden
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Critic Reviews for Tommy

All Critics (33) | Top Critics (8)

What's really interesting about Tommy is that it is about how the generation who led the pop revolution of the 60s had vivid but undisclosed memories of their wartime childhoods.

November 22, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Can't get it out of my head, for better and worse.

November 20, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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.

May 6, 2013 | Full Review…
Top Critic

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.

May 6, 2013 | Full Review…

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

March 26, 2009 | Full Review…

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.

June 24, 2006 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Tommy


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 write, "What the fuck?" and that would be that. Since I feel the need to write more substantive reviews - what the actual fuck? This film is nuts. The plot is weird and non-sensical, the cinematography is an LSD trip, and the acting is over-blown. That said, Tommy is also a hell of a ride. Consistently engaging, it kept me guessing, and some of the musical numbers are well-choreographed. Overall ... what the actual fuck?

Jim Hunter
Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer

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.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

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 and style.

Spencer S.
Spencer S.

Super Reviewer

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