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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 are confidence men who cleverly stage the ghostly attacks and then take payment for making the creatures they fabricated go away. One day, the brothers arrive in a town and offer to help its people drive away evil spirits, unaware that the community is bordered by a genuine enchanted forest, and that young girls in the village have been disappearing at a frightful rate. The Grimm Brothers must now learn how to deal with real magic, with the help of the lovely but fearless Angelika (Lena Headey). Directed by Terry Gilliam, The Brothers Grimm also stars Monica Bellucci, Peter Stormare, and Jonathan Pryce. ~ Mark Deming, Rovimore
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
Miramax Films - Official Site


Matt Damon
as Wilhelm Grimm
Heath Ledger
as Jacob Grimm
Monica Bellucci
as Mirror Queen
Jonathan Pryce
as Delatombe
Lena Headey
as Angelika
Petr Ratimec
as Young Will
Barbara Lukesova
as Mother Grimm
Anna Rust
as Sister Grimm
Jeremy Robson
as Young Jacob
Radim Kalvoda
as Gendarmes
Martin Hofmann
as Gendarmes
Josef Pepa Nos
as German War Veteran
Harry Gilliam
as Stable Boy
Marika Sarah Prochaz...
as Miller's Daughter
Alena Jakobova
as Red Hooded Girl
Rudolf Pellar
as Watchman
Dana Dohnalova
as Twin Sister
Petra Dohnalova
as Twin Sister
Hanus Bor
as Twins' Father
Ota Flip
as Tavern Owner
Audrey Hamm
as Traveler
Karel Kohlicek
as Bald French Soldier
Martin Kavan
as Delatombe's Valet
Eva Reitererova
as Serving Wench
Jan Unger
as Gregor
Fero Velecky
as Old Crone
Milan Gargula
as Contemptuous Village...
Drahomira Fialkova
as Grandmother
Ludek Elias
as Grizzled Elder
Jana Radojcicova
as Angry Woman
Tomás Hanák
as Woodsman
Denisa Malinovska
as Young Angelika
Petr Vrsek
as The King
Bara Rudlova
as Angelika's Sister
Andrea Milackova
as Angelika's Sister
Andrea Sochurkova
as Angelika's Sister
Daniela Kubickova
as Angelika's Sister
Viera Uzelacova
as Elsie's Mother
Simona Vcalova
as Elsie's Mother
Deborah Hyde
as Corpse Queen
Vaclav Chalupa
as Aide De Camp
Jiri Krejcir
as Fat Soldier
Kamila Bruderova
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

Super Reviewer

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