Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas Reviews

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Judith Egerton
Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)
June 22, 2004
Unlike Trainspotting, Fear and Loathing doesn't shock or fascinate. It simply disgusts and repels.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
March 1, 2004
A bizarre masterpiece that invents a brilliantly skewed perspective and sustains it for a nearly impossible 117 minutes.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
January 17, 2004
About as enjoyable as a bad trip.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Eugene Novikov
Film Blather
May 22, 2003
Funny as it might be, the movie has no substance and is instantly forgettable.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Scott Weinberg
Apollo Guide
April 28, 2003
If Gilliam was intending to create a film that would disgust, disorient and eventually irritate, then this one's a bona-fide masterpiece - but don't expect me to sit through it ever again.
Full Review | Original Score: 61/100
Rob Blackwelder
SPLICEDWire
April 12, 2003
...has an incongruous, stream-of-consciousness tang that requires just the right mood to enjoy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jeremiah Kipp
ToxicUniverse.com
March 27, 2003
Fellini's movies work on this level, reveling in their carnival atmosphere while at the same time critiquing them.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Forrest Hartman
Reno Gazette-Journal
February 21, 2003
Although the picture's final moments establish it as a morality play, it's been so previously vacuous that the effort is futile.
| Original Score: F
Rumsey Taylor
Not Coming to a Theater Near You
February 11, 2003
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas is impeded by both familiarity with its source and esteem for its director. However, the Criterion DVD has a tremendous asset in the collaboration of Hunter Thompson, who appears repeatedly in the disc's supplements.
Anthony Miele
Film Threat
December 8, 2002
While entertaining early on, these drug-induced trips become increasingly repetitive as the story progresses.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Ron Wells
Film Threat
December 8, 2002
We get a ringside seat for how meaningless and cruel the real world is.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer
October 15, 2002
It's not pretty, but it's no accident either.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Kevin N. Laforest
Montreal Film Journal
September 10, 2002
This is one awesome flick, often hilarious and always visually stunning.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Top Critic
Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle
June 18, 2002
It's really a series of sketches on one theme.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Wade Major
Boxoffice Magazine
June 5, 2002
Simply a film that should never have been made.
David Sterritt
Film Scouts
April 17, 2002
As close to hard-core cultural avant-gardism as Hollywood ever comes.
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix
March 24, 2002
A hilarious trip to the hellish heart of one American dream.
December 30, 2001
I was terrified by the constant peril Dr. Gonzo and Thompson put themselves in, and yet drawn to it, like an accident scene.
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
January 1, 2000
Depp takes what starts as an almost unwatchably bad movie and manages to make it kind of fascinating.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
David Keyes
Cinemaphile.org
January 1, 2000
A triumph of direction over plot, imagination over treatment, and conception over realism.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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