Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas Reviews

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Glenn Dunks
November 24, 2014
Unless viewed through the prism of psychedelic habituates, it is unlikely audiences will find much to savour in Gilliam's picture.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
Emanuel Levy
July 26, 2012
One of Terry Gilliam's worst films (almost unwatchable)
| Original Score: C
Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide's Movie Guide
May 2, 2012
A peculiar and oddly haunting achievement.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Top Critic
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
May 2, 2012
It's certainly distinctive, looking at times like Richard Lester put through a postmodernist blender.

May 2, 2012
Bizarre, unpredictable yet strangely alluring.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Paul Fischer
Urban Cinefile
May 2, 2012
The film is intensely pretentious, far too clever for its own good.
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
May 2, 2012
It's larger-than life, wild, dizzy, colourful and vulgar, and goes round in circles - for a very long time.
Josh Larsen
October 31, 2011
The fear is comical; the loathing almost nonexistent.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Top Critic
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
(Gilliam's) vision is too reflexively comic to evoke the shadows of dread in Thompson's writing.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
R. L. Shaffer
May 16, 2011
Certainly uneven at times, but Terry Gilliam's surreal mood piece paints a vivid, splashy picture of gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Christopher Long
Movie Metropolis
May 16, 2011
A beautiful cinematic showcase for Thompson at the peak of his writing skills.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Eric Melin
Kansas City Star
May 1, 2011
It may start off as a lighthearted, excess-filled, party-road-trip movie, but Depp is reigned in a little towards the end as his character (a stand-in for Thompson) poetically bemoans the sad failure of the late-60s ideals and values.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Michael Dequina
April 2, 2009
More headache than head trip.
Top Critic
Todd McCarthy
March 26, 2009
Pic serves up a sensory overload without any compensatory reflection on the outlandish and irresponsible behavior on view.
Steve Biodrowski
December 22, 2008
This is the best acid-inspired movie since Roger Corman's The Trip - and it is a darn sight more accurate in its depiction [of] the highs and the lows, the terrible confusion alternating with lucidity, the excitement that gives way to paranoia.
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
May 28, 2008
...he first hour of the film is as successful as anything I've ever seen or read at conveying how the world looks to the drugged.
| Original Score: 87/100
Rob Gonsalves
February 3, 2008
Years from now, it will be reappraised as a misunderstood masterpiece. Well, this is one American critic who's not waiting until years from now.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
January 26, 2006
A film of brilliant moments, but sadly less coherent - and, on senses, rather less personal - than most of Gilliam's work.
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
April 9, 2005
There is not enough of the drug dementia and too much philosophizing by Gilliam.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer
December 6, 2004
Gilliam shows that there is something appealing about drug highs. It wouldn't be honest to say otherwise. And, yes, they'll destroy you. It's honest about that too.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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