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The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus Reviews

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

Full Review Source: | Original Score: C+

May 6, 2011

While a movie that is deeply flawed and ultimately fails, Parnassus is at least watchable, unlike Gilliam's last film, the wretched Tideland.

Full Review Source: CHUD | Original Score: 6/10

December 23, 2009
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

...Ledger's death casts a blue shadow over the entire proceedings, as Gilliam hasn't the heart to turn this parade of images into something like a meditation on the cost of achieving one's wildest fantasies.

Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | Original Score: 82/100

May 1, 2010
James Berardinelli
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If I was a teacher and The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus was a student's paper, I would give it an "incomplete."

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 2.5/4

December 22, 2009
Ella Taylor
Village Voice
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Gilliam and McKeown's willful refusal of coherent narrative and determination to pack every idea about art they ever had into one scenario, make this fiendishly gorgeous movie more exhausting than exhilarating to watch.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

December 23, 2009
Alonso Duralde

Once an exciting and daring filmmaker, Gilliam is now making movies that threaten to put their audiences to sleep. Ask your doctor if Parnassus is right for you.

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December 23, 2009
Michael Phillips
At the Movies
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Gilliamâ(TM)s visually assaultive technique doesnâ(TM)t make it easy on either the story or the actors.

Full Review Source: At the Movies

December 28, 2009
Clint O'Connor
Cleveland Plain Dealer

Ledger's admirers will be pleased with his farewell, even if his part is not fully realized and his character is more of a supporting syrup in this weird elixir.

Full Review Source: Cleveland Plain Dealer | Original Score: C+

December 25, 2009
Mike Scott

There's a fine line that separates fantastical from nonsensical. Too often, Gilliam's film comes down on the wrong side.

Full Review Source: Times-Picayune | Original Score: 2/4

January 9, 2010
Clay Cane

An acidic combo of a Super Mario Bros. game on a disastrous drug trip and a bad Lady Gaga video -- however, both Mario and Gaga have better premises.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: C-

December 23, 2009
Charles Gant

Ledger's performance provides an adequate swansong for loyal fans on pilgrimages to the multiplexes this autumn. But many will exit scratching their heads.

Full Review Source: Independent | Original Score: 2/5

May 23, 2009
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness

Unsuccessfully attempts to fashion an actual story out of slapdash, seemingly improvised sequences awash in uneven CG effects.

Full Review Source: Lessons of Darkness | Original Score: C

December 22, 2009
Sarah Boslaugh

...while the film is not entirely successful, it certainly qualifies as a glorious mess of a failure.

Full Review Source: Playback:stl | Original Score: 4/10

January 10, 2010
Josh Winning
Little White Lies

Sadly, Parnassus' stop-start narrative frustrates, while much of its melancholy relies on Ledger's involvement. Still, there are those moments.

October 16, 2009
Eric D. Snider

As for who other than Terry Gilliam might enjoy it, I'm at a loss.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: D+

January 7, 2010
Jeff Bayer
The Scorecard Review

Ideally, Ledger's Joker from The Dark Knight would have been his last performance. Once again Gilliam has made a movie probably only he can truly understand or find very interesting.

Full Review Source: The Scorecard Review | Original Score: 5/10

January 12, 2010
Bob Grimm
Reno News and Review

Heath Ledger is fine in his last performance, but the great Gilliam is still in a bit of a slump.

Full Review Source: Reno News and Review | Original Score: 2/5

January 17, 2010
Tom Huddlestone
Time Out
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It's unlikely Gilliam's own, undeniably brilliant career will be revitalised by this rambling, undisciplined and indulgent piece of work.

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 2/5

October 16, 2009
Erin Free
FILMINK (Australia)

A hard to fathom storyline and obvious CGI effects detract from an otherwise big-hearted final film for Heath Ledger.

Full Review Source: FILMINK (Australia)

October 27, 2009
Patrick Kolan
IGN Movies AU

Doctor Parnassus parallels Terry Gilliam and his most recent work: many complex ideas, grand intentions and miserable luck leading him down a path to nowhere, forcing him to start over with nothing one more time.

Full Review Source: IGN Movies AU | Original Score: 1.5/5

September 28, 2009
Ronnie Scheib
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February 23, 2012
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