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The Lawnmower Man (1992)



Critic Consensus: The Lawnmower Man suffers from a predictable, melodramatic script, and its once-groundbreaking visual effects look dated today.

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A mentally handicapped gardener (Jeff Fahey) allows a scientist (Pierce Brosnan) to experiment on him. Marnie: Jenny Wright. Timms: Mark Bringleson. Directed and coauthored by Brett Leonard. Contains footage cut from the theatrical release.

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Jeff Fahey
as Jobe Smith
Pierce Brosnan
as Dr. Lawrence Angelo
Jenny Wright
as Marnie Burke
Mark Bringleson
as Sebastian Timms
Geoffrey Lewis
as Terry McKeen
Jeremy Slate
as Father Francis McKeen
Dean Norris
as Director
Colleen Coffey
as Caroline Angelo
Troy Evans
as Lieutenant Goodwin
Rosalee Mayeux
as Carla Parkette
Austin O'Brien
as Peter Parkette
Joe Hart
as Patrolman Cooley
John Laughlin
as Jake Simpson
Ray Lykins
as Harold Parkette
Jim Landis
as Ed Waits
Mike Valverde
as Day Gate Guard
Joey Simrin
as 2nd Boy
Frank Collison
as Night Gate Guard
Jonathan Smart
as Assistant
Doug Hutchison
as Security Technician
Denney Pierce
as Skinhead Guard
Roger Rook
as Older Guard
Randall Fontana
as Hotel Waiter
Mara Duronslet
as Young Woman Clerk
Duane Byrne
as Letchworth Buddy
Craig Hosking
as Helicopter Pilot
Mark Bringelson
as Sebastian Timms
Michael Valverde
as Day Gate Guard
Craig Benton
as White Coat
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Critic Reviews for The Lawnmower Man

All Critics (41) | Top Critics (7)

The Lawnmower Man echoes Frankenstein and a zillion other noble-scientist-whose-experiment-goes-awry movies.

April 1, 2014 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

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.

April 1, 2014 | Rating: 2/5

Dazzling computer animation and special effects overcome The Lawnmower Man's mundane story.

March 26, 2009 | Full Review…

Despite the hackneyed sub-Frankenstein plot, the dazzling computer-generated special effects almost carry the film.

June 24, 2006 | Full Review…
Top Critic

The Lawnmower 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.

August 30, 2004

So loosely based on a Stephen King short story as to constitute fraud, The Lawnmower Man goes right to the bottom of a growing list of failed King adaptations.

January 1, 2000 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Lawnmower Man



Daniel J DeMersseman
Daniel J DeMersseman

Super Reviewer

Both a cyberpunk retelling of Frankenstein and bastardization of Stephen King's short story of the same name, The Lawnmower Man is made worse by its preposterous plot twists, dated effects, and ham acting.

Edward Boxler
Edward Boxler

Super Reviewer


Interesting idea for a Sci Fi horror film, but lacks any real sense of wonder. By today's standards the film looks very dated and it plays out like a cheap low budget horror flick. Overall this is a decent affair with nothing really special going for it. The film suffers from an ambitious scope that is limited by a so-so script. I was looking forward to seeing this, but in the end it's nothing too remarkable. Acting wise, the actors are pretty decent, nothing ever good or bad. This film could have been much better and with a concept like this, it's a shame that there was nothing memorable about the film. As a whole, The Lawnmower Man is worth seeing, but is not the type of film that warrants multiple viewings. This is the type of film that may have looked good on paper, but the execution is kind of weak, and you realize that the film doesn't fulfill its full potential. There has been another film that would explore virtual reality as a vehicle for horror and that film is Brainscan, which is a far superior movie than this. Overall, The Lawnmower Man is decent entertainment, but ultimately is forgettable in the long run. I think it's a great shame because I really liked the idea behind the plot, however the execution leaves a lot to be desired, and it could have been done better. There are times where things get silly, especially near the end. Some aspects could also have rewritten and you just end up wanting more out of this film. Throughout the film, you just realize that there's something missing to really make it a worthwhile horror experience.

Alex roy
Alex roy

Super Reviewer

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