The Brothers Grimm Reviews

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Luke Goodsell
Empire Magazine Australasia
November 7, 2012
At times this fanciful romp lurches uneasily between violence, slapstick comedy and sublime escapism - in other words, it's pure Gilliam.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion
September 1, 2009
Wide-eyed, messy, lustrous, rich with enchantment, both giddy and perverse
Steve Biodrowski
Cinefantastique
May 12, 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.
Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com
August 11, 2007
The movie feels thoroughly like a project Gilliam did halfheartedly, just to stay in the game.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Kam Williams
Princeton Town Topics
July 16, 2007
A disjointed, ear-splitting, visually-jarring, mirthless exercise in pandemonium that director Terry Gilliam tries to pass off as family entertainment.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
Anton Bitel
Eye for Film
July 2, 2007
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.
Prairie Miller
Long Island Press
April 19, 2007
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.
Doris Toumarkine
Film Journal International
March 1, 2007
It's hard to imagine whom the filmmakers had in mind for this lavish production.
February 7, 2006
It's a slog, an out-of-control fantasy that's strangely unenchanting and, in the end, rather tiresome.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Enrique Buchichio
Uruguay Total
January 17, 2006
Una aventura cómica y liviana, que se beneficia de la imaginación visual del director Terry Gilliam.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Mark R. Leeper
rec.arts.movies.reviews
December 20, 2005
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.
| Original Score: 4/10
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
December 15, 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 | Original Score: 6/10
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
December 8, 2005
Looks great, but less filling.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Joe Utichi
FilmFocus
December 6, 2005
Perfect family entertainment and undoubtedly well worth seeing, but somewhat of a let down.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Pete Vonder Haar
Film Threat
December 6, 2005
... on the whole, The Brothers Grimm is a mess ...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
November 18, 2005
...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.
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
November 2, 2005
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 | Original Score: 2/5
Randy Shulman
Metro Weekly (Washington, DC)
October 20, 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 | Original Score: 1/5
Jamie Woolley
BBC.com
October 11, 2005
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 | Original Score: 2/5
Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)
October 10, 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 | Original Score: 4/5
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