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The Brothers Grimm (2005)


Average Rating: 5.2/10
Reviews Counted: 179
Fresh: 68
Rotten: 111

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

Average Rating: 4.8/10
Reviews Counted: 38
Fresh: 11
Rotten: 27

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


Average Rating: 2.9/5
User Ratings: 373,069


Movie Info

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

PG-13 (for violence, frightening sequences and brief suggestive material)
Action & Adventure , Science Fiction & Fantasy , Comedy
Directed By:
Written By:
Ehren Kruger
In Theaters:
Dec 20, 2005
Box Office:
Miramax Films - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for The Brothers Grimm

All Critics (188) | Top Critics (43) | Fresh (68) | Rotten (111) | DVD (34)

The Brothers Grimm has enough haunting, fairy-tale imagery for 10 movies, but no emotional kick to drive those images home.

Full Review… | August 29, 2005
Top Critic

It's kind of cold and it's kind of a mess, but I thought it was a glorious mess and it looks so great and it is so interesting and there is so much going on that I have to recommend it on a very mild level.

Full Review… | August 29, 2005
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

This time, Gilliam's storytelling is even more convoluted than his bookkeeping.

Full Review… | August 26, 2005
Orange County Register
Top Critic

Jammed with stuff and all but empty of drama.

Full Review… | August 26, 2005
Washington Post
Top Critic

The best thing to be said about this expensive but drab wannabe mirthmaker is that it has some of its director's quirky touches.

Full Review… | August 26, 2005
USA Today
Top Critic

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

As magical as classic fairy tales may seem to be, a winking Gilliam is out to prove here that to a profoundly superstitious, stressed out early 19th century world, those legends were as frighteningly real as any documentary or even reality show today.

Full Review… | April 19, 2007
Long Island Press

It's hard to imagine whom the filmmakers had in mind for this lavish production.

Full Review… | March 1, 2007
Film Journal International

It's a slog, an out-of-control fantasy that's strangely unenchanting and, in the end, rather tiresome.

Full Review… | February 7, 2006

Una aventura cómica y liviana, que se beneficia de la imaginación visual del director Terry Gilliam.

Full Review… | January 17, 2006
Uruguay Total

There is much in this film to admire, but it goes by too fast and the story is almost incomprehensible. There is certainly enchantment here, but the story does not do much to hold it together.

Full Review… | December 20, 2005

The movie is at least twice as good as most people say it is and about half as good as we'd all hoped it would be.

Full Review… | December 15, 2005
Movie Metropolis

Looks great, but less filling.

Full Review… | December 8, 2005
Laramie Movie Scope

Perfect family entertainment and undoubtedly well worth seeing, but somewhat of a let down.

Full Review… | December 6, 2005

... on the whole, The Brothers Grimm is a mess ...

Full Review… | December 6, 2005
Film Threat

...darkly amusing, often entertaining and overwhelmingly bizarre. Ultimately, the film gets bogged down in its own adventurous aspirations, although it looks a treat with splendid production design and fantastic effects.

Full Review… | November 18, 2005
Urban Cinefile

The Brothers Grimm has its moments, but it's ultimately a very flawed film and capsizes under the weight of some hammy performances and a poorly-conceived script.

Full Review… | November 2, 2005

Gilliam has a history of blaming studios when his films go wrong. But he has no one to blame but himself for this poisoned apple.

Full Review… | October 20, 2005
Metro Weekly (Washington, DC)

Perfect material, you might think, for Terry Gilliam's brain of perpetual invention. But despite occasional flashes of dark genius, he hasn't laid a golden egg.

Full Review… | October 11, 2005

I wish the plot were pared down, that the magic used more sparingly. But new movies offer us so little, it seems daffy to complain that this one gives us too much.

Full Review… | October 10, 2005
F5 (Wichita, KS)

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.

Directors Cat
Directors Cat

Super Reviewer


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.

Apeneck Fletcher

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


This movie was entertaining yet it lacked something. It does have a lot of potential in it. It was like a mixture of different fairy tales. But somewhat, it just couldn't reach the awesomeness.

Dead Angel

Super Reviewer

The Brothers Grimm Quotes

– Submitted by Kallia R (21 months ago)
Jake Grimm:
It's this way Will!
Will Grimm:
No, no, it's not, it's not. It's that way! Grandmother Toad told me!
Jake Grimm:
Will Grimm:
Trust the toad!
– Submitted by Lorenzo V (2 years ago)

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