The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009)



Critic Consensus: Terry Gilliam remains as indulgent as ever, but The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus represents a return to the intoxicatingly imaginative, darkly beautiful power of his earlier work, with fine performances to match all the visual spectacle.

Movie Info

"The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus" is a fantastical morality tale, set in the present-day. It tells the story of Dr. Parnassus and his 'Imaginarium', a traveling show where members of the audience get opportunity to choose between light and joy or darkness and gloom. Blessed with the extraordinary gift of guiding the imaginations of others, Doctor Parnassus is cursed with a dark secret. An inveterate gambler, thousands of years ago he made a bet with the devil, Mr. Nick, in which he won … More

Rating: PG-13 (for violent images, some sensuality, language and smoking)
Genre: Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: Terry Gilliam, Charles McKeown
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 27, 2010
Box Office: $7.5M
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Critic Reviews for The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus

All Critics (190) | Top Critics (36)

The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus is one of those movies that, despite spectacular elements, doesn't add up to a spectacular film.

Full Review… | May 6, 2011
Top Critic

Terry Gilliam, the veteran film director who cut his teeth as the animation wizard of television's legendary Monty Python's Flying Circus, has flirted with genius throughout his career, and bedded her from time to time. In The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnas

Full Review… | January 15, 2010
Top Critic

The film is flawed, but you don't expect narrative drive or coherence; you go for the director's flights of fantasy. Possessed of an imagination that throws off more sparks than a fizzing, spinning Catherine Wheel, Gilliam is a fabulous fabulist.

Full Review… | August 2, 2012
Movie Talk

One of the greatest motion pictures ever. From its astounding themes to its brilliant cast, stunning design to enchanting score, undeniable smarts to lasting significance, this is Cinéma! Buy this movie. View this movie. Marry this movie. I have spoken.

July 25, 2011

A return to form for director Terry Gilliam?

Full Review… | April 7, 2011
Sci-Fi Movie Page

I don't think it's such a big heresy to say that Terry Gilliam is both a genius and an annoyingly full-of-it director who's coasting on the goodwill he earned with Brazil.

Full Review… | April 4, 2011

Audience Reviews for The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus


A splendid film from Terry Gillam. Ledger was doing so well in the film and his unfortunate death does take away a tad from the scenes shot after his death but all and all a very good film. A very visually pleasing film.

John Manard

Super Reviewer


Strange. Made stranger by the cobbled together reworking after Ledger's death. I could have done without seeing this.

Christian C

Super Reviewer

Gilliam began with the idea of making a film totally from scratch, the eternal battle between good and evil, with the framing device being an imperfect father's perfect love for his daughter, an immortal valentine if you will. But then the unfortunate happened, and the story's focus changed. Adapting well with tragedy, still the valentine remains.

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

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