The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009)

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Critic Consensus: Terry Gilliam remains as indulgent as ever, but The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus represents a return to the intoxicatingly imaginative, darkly beautiful power of his earlier work, with fine performances to match all the visual spectacle.

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"The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus" is a fantastical morality tale, set in the present-day. It tells the story of Dr. Parnassus and his 'Imaginarium', a traveling show where members of the audience get opportunity to choose between light and joy or darkness and gloom. Blessed with the extraordinary gift of guiding the imaginations of others, Doctor Parnassus is cursed with a dark secret. An inveterate gambler, thousands of years ago he made a bet with the devil, Mr. Nick, in which he won immortality. Centuries later, on meeting his one true love, Dr. Parnassus made another deal with the devil, trading his immortality for youth, on condition that when his daughter reached her 16th birthday, she would become the property of Mr Nick.
Rating:
PG-13 (for violent images, some sensuality, language and smoking)
Genre:
Action & Adventure , Mystery & Suspense , Science Fiction & Fantasy
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Cast

Christopher Plummer
as Doctor Parnassus
Johnny Depp
as Imaginarium Tony #1
Jude Law
as Imaginarium Tony #2
Colin Farrell
as Imaginarium Tony #3
Tom Waits
as Mr. Nick
Lily Cole
as Valentina
Katie Lyons
as Martin's Girlfriend
Richard Shanks
as Friend of Martin
Bruce Crawford
as Face-Changed Martin
Johnny Harris
as Policeman
Lewis Gott
as Diego
Sian Scott
as Linda
Simon Day
as Uncle Bob
Moya Brady
as Aunty Flo
Charles McKeown
as Fairgrounds Inspector
Mackenzie Gray
as First Monk
Yurij Kis
as Second Monk
Ian Wallace
as Third Monk
Amanda Walker
as Shopper
Joann Condon
as Shopper
Montserrat Lombard
as Sally's Friend
Craig Fraser
as Debonair Gent
Amy Marston
as Classy Shopper #1
Gwendoline Christie
as Classy Shopper #2
Lucy Russell
as Classy Shopper #3
Maggie Steed
as LV Woman
Ben Cartwright
as Policeman #1
Gavin Rolph
as Policeman #2
Bobbi Bysouth
as LV Woman's reflection
Ray Cooper
as Vladimir
Sarah Groundwater
as Sales Girl
Dean Moen
as Smiling Policeman
Fraser Aitcheson
as Dancing Policeman
Michael Bean
as Dancing Policeman
Jase-Anthony Griffith
as Dancing Policeman
Scott McGillivray
as Dancing Policeman
Scott A. McGillivray
as Dancing Policeman
John Stewart
as Dancing Policeman
Chris Cochrane
as Dancing Policeman
Pearce Visser
as Dancing Policeman
Patrick Bahrich
as Dancing Policeman
Georgina Hegedos
as Baboushka
Carrie Genzel
as Female Journalist
Mark Oliver
as Male Journalist
Peter Stormare
as The President
Donna Lysell
as President's wife
Michael Eklund
as Tony's Assistant
Rahul Singh
as Security Guard
Ryan Grantham
as Little Anton
D. Harlan Cutshall
as Charity Guest 1
Deni Delory
as Charity Guest 2
Lisa Bunting
as Charity Guest 3
Peter New
as Paramedic 1
Michael Jonsson
as Paramedic 2
Emma Karwandy
as Valentina's Daughter
Quinn Lord
as Young Boy
Erika Conway
as Young Boy's Mother
Wendy Carson
as Nun #1
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Critic Reviews for The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus

All Critics (190) | Top Critics (37)

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Full Review… | February 22, 2012
Variety
Top Critic

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Full Review… | November 17, 2011
Time Out
Top Critic

The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus is one of those movies that, despite spectacular elements, doesn't add up to a spectacular film.

Full Review… | May 5, 2011
Film.com
Top Critic

Terry Gilliam, the veteran film director who cut his teeth as the animation wizard of television's legendary Monty Python's Flying Circus, has flirted with genius throughout his career, and bedded her from time to time. In The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnas

Full Review… | January 15, 2010
Film.com
Top Critic

Parnassus is fun to watch a good deal of the time, and Gilliam is almost always visually surprising, but Ledger could have used a more momentous send-off.

Full Review… | January 8, 2010
Detroit News
Top Critic

It teases with magnificently tantalizing moments that don't quite add up to one grand insight. Which, come to think of it, is an epiphany of its own peculiar sort.

Full Review… | January 8, 2010
Denver Post
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus

½

The visual effects are a true delight but it is hard to follow such a confusing mess of a narrative that stretches for so long and doesn't seem to know where to go, which seems to result from the many unfortunate plot alterations that had to be made after Ledger's death.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

½

Strange. Made stranger by the cobbled together reworking after Ledger's death. I could have done without seeing this.

Christian C
Christian C

Super Reviewer

Gilliam began with the idea of making a film totally from scratch, the eternal battle between good and evil, with the framing device being an imperfect father's perfect love for his daughter, an immortal valentine if you will. But then the unfortunate happened, and the story's focus changed. Adapting well with tragedy, still the valentine remains.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

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