TORONTO, ONTARIO - JUNE 17: Austin Butler attends the Canadian screening of Warner Bros. "Elvis" at TIFF Bell Lightbox on June 17, 2022 in Toronto, Ontario. (Photo by Jeremy Chan/Getty Images)
TV - Movies
Here's What
The Rotten
Tomatoes Reviews
Are Saying
About Elvis
Baz Luhrmann's "Elvis" is on the verge of being released, following a cascade of COVID-19-related delays. The biographical musical drama has already received endorsements from Presley’s ex-wife, Priscilla Presley, and his daughter, Lisa Marie Presley, but here’s what critics had to say about the movie.
"Elvis" boasts a 76% Rotten Tomatoes critic score with a consensus that reads, "The standard rock biopic formula gets all shook up in 'Elvis,' with Baz Luhrmann's dazzling energy and style perfectly complemented by Austin Butler's outstanding lead performance." In the eyes of many critics, "Elvis" has a lot going for it, with pretty much every positive review singling out Austin Butler.
However, like any piece of media, it's not without its share of detractors. "As it is, this is just another exercise in Elvis impersonation, its upper lip twitching to no purpose," comments Peter Bradshaw of The Guardian, explaining that he found Austin Butler's approach to Elvis Presley serviceable but not necessarily intriguing. Meanwhile, Richard Lawson of Vanity Fair titled his review "Austin Butler is the Only Thing That Works in Baz Luhrmann's 'Elvis.'"