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The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus Reviews

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Jason Best
Movie Talk
August 2, 2012
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.
Gregory Weinkauf
July 25, 2011
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.
James O'Ehley
Sci-Fi Movie Page
April 7, 2011
A return to form for director Terry Gilliam?
Widgett Walls
March 11, 2011
It's like snorting a line of pure Gilliam.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune
March 12, 2010
Fate's cruel trick -- taking Heath Ledger from us midway through filming -- has inspired Gilliam to make one of his most inventive and strange films.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Rob Humanick
Projection Booth
February 6, 2010
Walks a thin line between the convenient and the absurd.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Mark R. Leeper
January 20, 2010
The actual story is muddled, but the imagination of the visual imagery is very good.
Full Review| Original Score: 6/10
Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)
January 15, 2010
Gilliam has had a rough 10 years, but he's ended the decade with what is easily one of his seminal works. He has shown what imagination and storytelling means to him, and he's made one of his best films in the process.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Top Critic
January 15, 2010
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
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
January 15, 2010
Endearingly packed to the rafters with ornate anachronistic artistry, Gilliam's Imaginarium is a great place to window shop--and get lost for a spell.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
January 12, 2010
The story is odd and doesn't really hang together very well, but the film is worth watching mainly to experience the wonder of Mr. Gilliam's fantastic visual imagination.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Fred Topel
Sci Fi Wire
January 9, 2010
I have no idea what it was about, but it was fascinating and wonderful.
Bill Gibron
January 8, 2010
As one of the last great proprietors of motion picture prestidigitation, Gilliam is his own protagonist. As you follow the fall of Parnassus, you see the story of the director's rise, rejection, and reinvention of himself.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Brian Tallerico
Movie Retriever
January 8, 2010
If Ledger had completed the entire film or not, Doctor Parnassus doesn't seem well-focused enough to be a truly landmark Gilliam work but it's much closer than anything else he's done this millennium.
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Tom Long
Detroit News
January 8, 2010
Parnassus is fun to watch a good deal of the time, and Gilliam is almost always visually surprising, but Ledger could have used a more momentous send-off.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
January 8, 2010
It teases with magnificently tantalizing moments that don't quite add up to one grand insight. Which, come to think of it, is an epiphany of its own peculiar sort.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
January 8, 2010
When it's all done we're left with another recent Gilliam trademark: the highly imaginative mess.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Sean O'Connell
Hollywood News
January 8, 2010
Those who find Gilliam visually stimulating should be willing to ride along.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
January 8, 2010
A new Gilliam film is always a good reason to go to the movies, and Ledger's final screen appearance is certainly more than a curiosity.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
January 8, 2010
Seriously, if you could make money designing other people's acid trips, Gilliam would be a zillionaire.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ronnie Scheib
February 23, 2012
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