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The Brothers Grimm (2005)

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

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

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Average Rating: 4.8/10
Critic Reviews: 37
Fresh: 11 | Rotten: 26

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

Dec 20, 2005

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

August 29, 2005 Full Review Source: Slate
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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.

August 29, 2005 Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper
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Jammed with stuff and all but empty of drama.

August 26, 2005 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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The best thing to be said about this expensive but drab wannabe mirthmaker is that it has some of its director's quirky touches.

August 26, 2005 Full Review Source: USA Today
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The result is something that might best be called Monty Python and the Holy Mess.

August 26, 2005 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
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A flawed but brilliantly imaginative mix of darkness and humor reminiscent of Hammer period chillers like Captain Kronos: Vampire Hunter by way of Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

August 26, 2005 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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At times this fanciful romp lurches uneasily between violence, slapstick comedy and sublime escapism - in other words, it's pure Gilliam.

November 7, 2012 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine Australasia
Empire Magazine Australasia

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

September 1, 2009 Full Review Source: CinePassion
CinePassion

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.

May 12, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinefantastique
Cinefantastique

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

August 11, 2007 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

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

July 16, 2007 Full Review Source: Princeton Town Topics
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.

July 2, 2007 Full Review Source: Eye for Film
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.

April 19, 2007 Full Review
Long Island Press

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

March 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

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

February 7, 2006 Full Review Source: MTV

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

January 17, 2006 Full Review Source: Uruguay Total
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.

December 20, 2005 Full Review
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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.

December 15, 2005 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

Looks great, but less filling.

December 8, 2005 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

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

December 6, 2005 Full Review Source: FilmFocus

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

December 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Threat
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.

November 18, 2005 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
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.

November 2, 2005 Full Review Source: ViewLondon
ViewLondon

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.

October 20, 2005 Full Review Source: 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.

October 11, 2005 Full Review Source: BBC

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.

October 10, 2005 Full Review Source: F5 (Wichita, KS)

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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.
July 12, 2012
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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.
April 29, 2012
ApeneckFletcher

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.
November 1, 2011
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.
May 19, 2011
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    1. Delatombe: Bango!
    – Submitted by Kallia R (15 months ago)
    1. Jake Grimm: It's this way Will!
    2. Will Grimm: No, no, it's not, it's not. It's that way! Grandmother Toad told me!
    3. Jake Grimm: What?
    4. Will Grimm: Trust the toad!
    – Submitted by Lorenzo V (2 years ago)
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