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Twelve Monkeys (12 Monkeys) Reviews

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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.
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Variety Staff
Variety
March 26, 2009
Neither as visually compelling as Brazil nor as emotionally gripping as The Fisher King.
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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.
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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-
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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
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
May 12, 2001
Bruce Willis, in an eruptive performance of startling emotional intensity, stars as Cole, a prisoner tagged for an experiment that may get him killed.
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
February 13, 2001
Mystifying, intriguing, even infuriating, it shows what happens when an unconventional talent meets straightforward material.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
February 13, 2001
Willis and Pitts's performances, Gilliam's atmospherics and an exhilarating momentum easily outweigh such trifling flaws.
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John Hartl
Film.com
January 1, 2000
In some ways, 12 Monkeys is the end-of-the-world thriller that Kathryn Bigelow's Strange Days wanted to be.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
As an entertainment, it appeals more to the mind than to the senses.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Scott Rosenberg
Salon.com
January 1, 2000
What's remarkable about 12 Monkeys is that, despite its decade-hopping abandon, the film makes a chilling kind of narrative sense.
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
January 1, 2000
In its frantic mix of chaos, carnage and zoo animals, 12 Monkeys is Jumanji for adults.
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
January 1, 2000
Overwrought.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Rita Kempley
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
A densely plotted, visually dynamic post-apocalyptic thriller.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
A consistently engaging motion picture.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Sean P. Means
Film.com
January 1, 2000
Willis gives a quietly intense performance, looking like he's trying to solve a jigsaw puzzle in his head.
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Tom Keogh
Film.com
January 1, 2000
This film hits a nerve a lot more effectively than either the director's Brazil or The Fisher King.
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Keith Simanton
Film.com
January 1, 2000
At one point Cole says that viewing the past is like watching a good movie, 'Every time you see it it's different, because you're different.' 12 Monkeys is a film that will do that, change as you change.
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Peter Stack
San Francisco Chronicle
January 1, 2000
A potent glimpse of doom with a jarringly familiar ring.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
December 27, 1995
[Gilliam] turns a world falling apart into a funky, dizzying spectacle.
Full Review | Original Score: B+