The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus Reviews

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Sonny Bunch
Washington Times
January 8, 2010
Mr. Gilliam hasn't made a masterpiece here, but it's a fascinating tale with luscious visuals
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
January 8, 2010
Shot through with a bold, extravagant generosity of spirit, this journey behind the literal and figurative looking glass marks a gratifying return to form for Gilliam, whose recent films haven't quite lived up to his capacities.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Shawn Levy
Oregonian
January 8, 2010
The whole thing teems with the sort of imagery and clatter that Gilliam's fans adore. If you loved his older work -- and if you can stand the twinge of pain that beholding the lamented Ledger will surely evoke -- it's worth a visit.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
January 8, 2010
Gilliam is a more disciplined storyteller here than he has often been, and the result is his most involving movie in years.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com
January 7, 2010
As for who other than Terry Gilliam might enjoy it, I'm at a loss.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
Brandon Fibbs
BrandonFibbs.com
January 7, 2010
More than perhaps any other film Gilliam has ever made, Imaginarium's fantasy elements feel as if they are cobbled together enmasse from the Monty Python animated sequences he used to create.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Bryant Frazer
Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus
January 7, 2010
An invigorating paean to the revelatory powers of entertainment.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Sean Axmaker
Parallax View
January 7, 2010
... this enigmatic through the looking glass odyssey suggests that surrendering oneself to imagination and creativity and storytelling... is dangerous business.
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
January 7, 2010
It plays like a salvage job, with all the attendant compromises. Though the film is laden with backstory and exposition, not much actually happens onscreen.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
January 7, 2010
I'd love to report that The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus is a work of renegade genius. Alas, it's a minor film, memorable largely as the farewell of Heath Ledger, who died when his scenes were only half completed.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Steve Ramos
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
January 7, 2010
Parnassus is an eye-popping fairy tale, a timeless tale of good battling evil and Gilliam's first film in a long while that wholly captures his vaudevillian spirit.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Michael A. Smith
Nolan's Pop Culture Review
January 7, 2010
...I found this film to be a fitting and lasting tribute to the man it is lovingly dedicated to.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News
January 7, 2010
[Its] strange narrative, grounded in a fantasy world that Gilliam renders via computer-generated effects, makes Parnassus a primarily visual spectacle.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
January 7, 2010
The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus is vintage Terry Gilliam, a pour not to all tastes but one certain to please lovers of Time Bandits and The Adventures of Baron Munchausen.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
January 7, 2010
Gilliam is more sure-footed and confident in his storytelling than he's been in years.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
January 7, 2010
Your mileage may vary, especially if you feel that the gifted celebrity dead should be mourned with taste and decorum. In which case, why are you even at a Terry Gilliam movie?
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
January 7, 2010
Parnassus is a step up from Gilliam's two previous pictures (the ineffectual The Brothers Grimm and the torturous Tideland), but it still feels like a cobbled collection of ideas and conceits rather than a stand-alone story.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
January 7, 2010
Terry Gilliam is a director who aspires to magic and, with The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, he's pulled an unruly rabbit out of a seemingly discarded hat.
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
January 7, 2010
The behind-the-scenes tragedy gives Gilliam an easy excuse for the dull chaos that engulfs the story, but he might have generated it all on his own.
Ron Wilkinson
Monsters and Critics
January 7, 2010
A film that was brought back from the worst of bad luck, "Dr. Parnassus" is a fascinating collection of things that might have been.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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