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The Brothers Grimm Reviews

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Jonathan W. Hickman
Entertainment Insiders

The most unforgivable thing Gilliam has done in this film is to dumb down two of the best looking and radiant actors working today.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Insiders | Original Score: 2/4

August 28, 2005
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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Too violent for children and too inane for anybody else.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 2/5

August 26, 2005

[O]ffers us a glimpse at a future where one of our most idiosyncratic directors has been beaten down by the corporate system. Now that's the making of a Terry Gilliam movie.

Full Review Source: CHUD | Original Score: 6/10

August 22, 2005
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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The Brothers Grimm is a work of limitless invention, but it is invention without pattern, chasing itself around the screen without finding a plot.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 2/4

August 25, 2005
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies

Too scary for kids and too thin for anyone else, Terry Gilliam's latest movie, like his heroes' tricks, has a lot of visual flair, but no substance.

| Original Score: C+

August 25, 2005
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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There is magic in The Brothers Grimm but it's hard to locate amid all the ... 'stuff,' I believe is the technical phrase.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 2/4

August 25, 2005
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs

It's been 7 years since Gilliam's last film. It was not worth the wait.

Full Review Source: Three Movie Buffs | Original Score: 2/4

August 14, 2005
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star

The movie makes you yearn for the innocent times that Junior learned about kinky sex from playground stories or late-night Cinemax rather than summer kids' flicks.

Full Review Source: Arizona Daily Star | Original Score: 2/4

August 25, 2005
James Rocchi

The fairy tale-spinning Brothers are recast as faux ghost-busters in Terry Gilliam's muddled medieval mediocrity.

Full Review Source: Netflix | Original Score: 2/5

September 15, 2005
Scott Weinberg

Frankly I never would have believed that Terry Gilliam had a movie this bad in him.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 2/5

August 25, 2005
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
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Hugely ambitious but often failing to live up to those ambitions.

August 22, 2005
Todd Gilchrist
IGN Movies

Inconsistent and painfully rote.

Full Review Source: IGN Movies | Original Score: 1.5/5

September 23, 2005
Anton Bitel
Eye for Film

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 Source: Eye for Film

July 2, 2007
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine

Fails to reinvent its Grimm yarns and only cursorily investigates the relationship between truth and fiction as it rumbles from one farcical scenario to another.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 2/4

August 15, 2005
Kam Williams
Princeton Town Topics

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

Full Review Source: Princeton Town Topics | Original Score: 0/4

July 16, 2007
Eric D. Snider

Not just weird, but randomly, elaborately weird.... It's a total wreck.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: D

August 25, 2005
Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
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Jammed with stuff and all but empty of drama.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

August 26, 2005
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium

To see what The Brothers Grimm aims for - to see how wonderful and glorious it could have been - is to curse it all the more as it slowly loses its way.

Full Review Source: Flipside Movie Emporium | Original Score: C

August 26, 2005
Manohla Dargis
New York Times
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Despite a few early sparks of promise, The Brothers Grimm sputters and coughs along like an unoiled machine, grinding gears and nerves in equal measure.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2/5

August 25, 2005
Brian Orndorf

A noisy, tonally berserk fantasy horror film, Grimm quickly reminds the viewer why is it's so hard for Gilliam to find funding for his visions these days.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: C-

August 26, 2005
David Edwards
Daily Mirror [UK]
December 6, 2005
Peter Bradshaw
December 6, 2005
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October 7, 2006
Jessica Winter
Time Out New York
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Boston Phoenix
August 27, 2005

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January 17, 2006

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February 9, 2006
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