New York Times - 03/20/1975
"...TOMMY virtually explodes with excitement on the screen....The performers are extravagantly fine..."
USA Today - 09/17/1999
"...The Who's rock opera TOMMY was an apt screen subject for director Ken Russell's visual bombast..."
Uncut - 07/01/2004
"[R]edeemed by the performances of Ann-Margret and Oliver Reed, interesting cameos from Elton John and Tina Turner, and a stylish sense of design."
Mojo - 12/01/2004
"[I]t's better enjoyed as a sequence of lurid performances of Who songs..."
A.V. Club - 09/01/2010
"[I]t's still a powerful experience, musically and visually....The music has the ferocity of a Who live performance..." -- Grade: B+
Director Ken Russell's vibrant, hyperactive version of the Who's classic rock opera tells the story of a boy (Roger Daltrey) rendered deaf, dumb, and blind by the sight of his father's murder. His psychedelic journey through a maze of abusive relatives and strange "cures" eventually leads to enlightenment and sainthood. The film is based on guitarist Pete Townshend's stage opera, and features a star-studded cast that includes Ann-Margret, Oliver Reed, Elton John, Jack Nicholson, and Tina Turner.
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