Twelve Monkeys (12 Monkeys) Reviews

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Joe Leydon
The Moving Picture Show
August 6, 2014
Constantly surprising and consistently unsettling.
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
December 19, 2012
One of the best-looking and smartest sci-fi films of the modern era.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight
August 16, 2011
Terry Gilliam has seldom been more inventive or more compelling.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4

Film4
May 27, 2011
Gilliam goes on to deliver a movie that is not only rich in visual detail but offers an involving, occasionally baffling storyline and builds the tension to positively unbearable levels during the final reel.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
May 27, 2011
While all of Gilliam's movies are worth seeing, there's a fair amount of his designer grimness here mixed in with the cabaret comedy.
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
March 4, 2011
Gilliam's greatest all around film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
March 2, 2011
speculative fiction at its best in that it doesn't just trifle with science fiction concepts, but rather tells a grander story with characters and world disasters
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Carly Kocurek
Common Sense Media
January 1, 2011
Terry Gilliam's violent dystopian masterpiece.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews
July 6, 2010
A dark and gritty sci-fi thriller, 12 Monkeys stands apart from other sci-fi films, due to its unique and twisted concept on the future of mankind.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
August 12, 2009
Gilliam's polarizing style is at its near-best...a dazzling feat of storytelling that bristles with provocative ideas. [Blu-ray]
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com
July 23, 2007
Gilliam has taken on a conventional Hollywood sci-fi thriller with big stars and turned it into his own rough beast.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Gilliam gives the material a lunatic poetry of his own, but remains impervious to the requirements of narrative pacing.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 26, 2006
12 Monkeys seems to go down smoothly without compromising anything or dumbing itself down.
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Emanuel Levy
Variety
August 12, 2005
Dark and somber like Blade Runner, this sci-fi is a spectacular mess, a convoluted film with too many ideas for its own good, blending (among other things) the virus thriller with the post-apocalyptic genre.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
May 9, 2005
..less an essay on the nature of madness than a crazy person's poem. It is wild and beautiful and deeply disturbing all at once.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Staci Layne Wilson
StaciWilson.com
December 31, 2004
Oh my!
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
June 23, 2004
An antithesis of how The Terminator handled time travel.
Full Review | Original Score: B

TV Guide's Movie Guide
July 30, 2003
A clever, complex, and poignant success is as astonishing as it is satisfying.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
May 20, 2003
There's always overripe method to his madness, but in the new 12 Monkeys Mr. Gilliam's methods are uncommonly wrenching and strong.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Kim Newman
Empire Magazine
April 23, 2003
Disorientating, but good performances all round. Will have you thinking for days afterwards.
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