The Brothers Grimm (2005)



Critic Consensus: The Brothers Grimm is full of beautiful imagery, but the story is labored and less than enchanting.

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Two men who have made a career out of spinning remarkable stories find themselves bringing them to life in this inventive fantasy inspired by the creators of some of the world's best-loved fairy tales. Will Grimm (Matt Damon) and his brother Jake Grimm (Heath Ledger) earn their living by traveling from village to village and vanquishing strange supernatural beasts that have been menacing the populace. Or at least that's what their clients think has been happening; as it happens, Will and Jake … More

Rating: PG-13 (for violence, frightening sequences and brief suggestive material)
Genre: Action & Adventure, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Ehren Kruger
In Theaters:
On DVD: Dec 20, 2005
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as Wilhelm Grimm

as Jacob Grimm

as Mirror Queen

as Delatombe

as Cavaldi

as Angelika

as Young Will

as Mother Grimm

as Sister Grimm

as Young Jacob

as Gendarmes

as Gendarmes

as German War Veteran

as Stable Boy

as Old Miller

as Miller's Daughter

as Red Hooded Girl

as Watchman

as Twin Sister

as Twin Sister

as Twins' Father

as Tavern Owner

as Traveler

as Bald French Soldier

as Delatombe's Valet

as Serving Wench

as Gregor

as Old Crone

as Contemptuous Village...

as Grandmother

as Grizzled Elder

as Angry Woman

as Woodsman

as Young Angelika

as The King

as Angelika's Sister

as Angelika's Sister

as Angelika's Sister

as Angelika's Sister

as Elsie's Mother

as Elsie's Mother

as Corpse Queen

as Aide De Camp

as Fat Soldier

as Dumpy Farm Girl
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Critic Reviews for The Brothers Grimm

All Critics (188) | Top Critics (43)

At times this fanciful romp lurches uneasily between violence, slapstick comedy and sublime escapism - in other words, it's pure Gilliam.

Full Review… | November 7, 2012
Empire Magazine Australasia

Wide-eyed, messy, lustrous, rich with enchantment, both giddy and perverse

Full Review… | September 1, 2009

The only redeeming feature is the hope that [director Terry Gilliam's] salary from The Brothers Grimm,/i> will help him set up a good, old-fashioned Gilliam film, in the tradition of his excellent early work.

Full Review… | May 12, 2009

The movie feels thoroughly like a project Gilliam did halfheartedly, just to stay in the game.

Full Review… | August 11, 2007

A disjointed, ear-splitting, visually-jarring, mirthless exercise in pandemonium that director Terry Gilliam tries to pass off as family entertainment.

Full Review… | July 16, 2007
Princeton Town Topics

everyone involved in the production appears to have become lost in the dark woods, hoping somehow to find their way out with an incoherent trail of compromises.

Full Review… | July 2, 2007
Eye for Film

Audience Reviews for The Brothers Grimm


The Brothers Grimm is Terry Gilliam's first film that lacks a surealist personality and a interestingly mind boggling concept. Besides the marvelous visuals and the capable cast, this is a Terry Gilliam move that doesn't feel at all like a Terry Gilliam movie. It feels rather studio structured and is terrified to go to the places Gilliam is screaming for it to go to. He's one of the few artistic film makers working today who understands visuals and depth and if you give him his space he can make something very remarkable. If your going to make a fantasy film with a worthy director you have to allow it to go somewhere, this doesn't. But on a positive note I think the industrialisation of it forgot to enclose Gilliam's signature humour and brilliant changes of tone. There's some good humour in the film, I laughed a few times, I think it will please primarily the popcorn crowd. But if your someone like me, a huge Terry Gilliam fan who admires his ambitions for artsy cinema, this is best avoided.

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Directors Cat

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Terry Gilliam gives us this unique congregation of the well known Grimm fairy tales, built around a traveling pair of con artists bilking superstitious country folk who are put to the test when they stumble onto the real thing: an evil witch ( which is sorta like The Blair Witch Project come to think of it - w/o the video cameras). Matt Damon, Heath Ledger, and the always wonderful Peter Stomare head up the spooky proceedings with aplomb.

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

One of the few (if not the only) movie(s) I have walked out of in theaters. The film wants to go many places, but fails to go to any of them. Extremely boring, don't bother.

Eric Alvarez
Eric Alvarez

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