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The Zero Theorem (2013)

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Average Rating: 6/10
Critic Reviews: 5
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 2

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A computer hacker's goal to discover the reason for human existence continually finds his work interrupted thanks to the Management; this time, they send a teenager and lusty love interest to distract him.

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Drama, Science Fiction & Fantasy

Pat Rushin

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All Critics (39) | Top Critics (5) | Fresh (21) | Rotten (18)

full of Gilliam's stylistic hallmarks - layered realities, overbearing technology, institutional paranoia and of course, quirky romance - it feels like a personal journey into his beliefs, as it stares into the divide between reason and faith.

September 30, 2013 Full Review Source: The Wrap
The Wrap
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The Zero Theorem is a spectacle that demands to be cherished - as long as the society Gilliam portrays is a satire, not a prophesy.

September 8, 2013 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine
TIME Magazine
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Something of a roller coaster and fairly bumpy, the ride is the problem here.

September 8, 2013 Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter
Hollywood Reporter
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A lo-fi, future-tech farce with an air of high-end cyber panto.

September 4, 2013 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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Ends up dissolving into a muddle of unfunny jokes and half-baked ideas, all served up with that painful, herky-jerky Gilliam rhythm.

September 3, 2013 Full Review Source: Variety
Variety
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Gilliam's spellbinding vision is a chaotic, poverty-and-wealth mixture of retro, futuristic, comic book, James Bond and the original Total Recall.

March 21, 2014 Full Review Source: Birmingham Post
Birmingham Post

This is Gilliam karaoking his best tunes.

March 20, 2014 Full Review Source: The Ooh Tray
The Ooh Tray

I'd rather see a director failing on their own terms than succeeding on someone else's, and while this doesn't quite find Gilliam flying, he is at least falling with style.

March 16, 2014 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

At least, the director's imagination remains as freeflowing and fervent as ever.

March 14, 2014 Full Review Source: Independent
Independent

With Gilliam, ramshackle is all part of the appeal.

March 14, 2014 Full Review Source: Irish Times
Irish Times

It's dystopia all over again, in an under-funded Terry Gilliam film stuffed with over-familiar ideas and trapped in a claustrophobic, ecclesiastical set.

March 14, 2014 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

Alas, Terry Gilliam, the legendary 73-year-old director of this zany slice of futurama, really does seem to be stuck in a rut.

March 14, 2014 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

I walked out feeling as though I'd just been told a 106-minute joke, with no punchline, by someone with a sense of humour far removed from my own.

March 14, 2014 Full Review Source: Daily Mail [UK]
Daily Mail [UK]

With a lesser actor in the lead, The Zero Theorem would probably have you looking at your watch within the first half hour. With Christoph Waltz, you want to know what happens to his character.

March 14, 2014 Full Review Source: SFX Magazine
SFX Magazine

... a typically vivid portrait of humanity and chaos which deserves your patience despite an uneven pace.

March 14, 2014 Full Review Source: Digital Spy
Digital Spy

I found it difficult to get invested in -- even with the usually engaging Waltz in every scene.

March 13, 2014 Full Review Source: Irish Independent
Irish Independent

There are a few funny ideas and striking images pinballing around in Terry Gilliam's new movie, which is a Phil-Spector-type wall of zane. But The Zero Theorem basically defeated me.

March 13, 2014 Full Review Source: Guardian [UK]
Guardian [UK]

Long before the end, you want to kill all the characters on screen if only to resurrect them as normal human beings. Even that wouldn't take care of the wit-free script and fey excesses of phantasmagoria.

March 13, 2014 Full Review Source: Financial Times
Financial Times

There's a confused mess of a plot which goes unresolved and lacks clarity in the extreme.

March 13, 2014 Full Review Source: Sky Movies
Sky Movies

With strong echoes of Brazil and some nice ideas, The Zero Theorem is a return to at least mid-level form for Terry Gilliam, thanks to a witty script, some delightful production design work and superb performances from Christoph Waltz and Melanie Thierry.

March 13, 2014 Full Review Source: ViewLondon
ViewLondon

Time enough for all of us to move on - but not, alas, Gilliam, whose personal projects often seem to fiddle obsessively with the same themes as his most successful movie.

March 10, 2014 Full Review Source: Scotsman
Scotsman

It's the tangle of workings-out not the easy answer that are the proof of a theorem, and that magnificent, sparkling, insightful chaos abounds here.

March 10, 2014 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

The future as candy-coloured paranoid nightmare: not quite Gilliam's best, but still the most satisfying movie he's made for years.

March 10, 2014 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

Lively and imaginative, this raucous adventure-drama recaptures the ramshackle futurism of director Terry Gilliam's 1985 masterpiece Brazil, throwing a lonely guy into a series of events that get increasingly surreal.

March 7, 2014 Full Review Source: Contactmusic.com
Contactmusic.com

It's a visual marvel: a low-fi, old school dystopia that nevertheless feels both contemporary and worryingly prescient.

March 6, 2014 Full Review Source: The Skinny
The Skinny

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