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The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus Reviews

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Jason Best
Movie Talk
August 2, 2012
The film is flawed, but you don't expect narrative drive or coherence; you go for the director's flights of fantasy. Possessed of an imagination that throws off more sparks than a fizzing, spinning Catherine Wheel, Gilliam is a fabulous fabulist.
Gregory Weinkauf
ÜberCiné
July 25, 2011
One of the greatest motion pictures ever. From its astounding themes to its brilliant cast, stunning design to enchanting score, undeniable smarts to lasting significance, this is Cinéma! Buy this movie. View this movie. Marry this movie. I have spoken.
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Christine Champ
Film.com
May 6, 2011
The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus is one of those movies that, despite spectacular elements, doesn't add up to a spectacular film.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
James O'Ehley
Sci-Fi Movie Page
April 7, 2011
A return to form for director Terry Gilliam?
Dave White
Movies.com
April 4, 2011
I don't think it's such a big heresy to say that Terry Gilliam is both a genius and an annoyingly full-of-it director who's coasting on the goodwill he earned with Brazil.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Widgett Walls
Needcoffee.com
March 11, 2011
It's like snorting a line of pure Gilliam.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Matt Kelemen
Las Vegas CityLife
January 31, 2011
a confusing mess. ... a promising set-up assembled with bits and pieces of Gilliam's brilliance, but he clearly did not wake up in the middle of the night with a brilliant vision
Patty Jones
Georgia Straight
July 7, 2010
The fantastical, messy, noisy, everything-but-the-kitchen-sink result might be a tad crazy-making for some, but fans of Brazil, Time Bandits, and The Adventures of Baron Munchausen can step right up.
Jeffrey Chen
Window to the Movies
May 12, 2010
Overplotted and the film ends up as a head-scratcher -- we're supposed to sympathize with Parnassus, but the case just isn't strongly made.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
May 6, 2010
Longo e com uma estrutura frouxa resultante das várias alterações, ainda peca pela resolução artificial que poderia perfeitamente ser descrita como um decepcionante diabo ex machina. Ledger merecia uma despedida melhor.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
May 1, 2010
...Ledger's death casts a blue shadow over the entire proceedings, as Gilliam hasn't the heart to turn this parade of images into something like a meditation on the cost of achieving one's wildest fantasies.
Full Review | Original Score: 82/100
Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
March 31, 2010
A trippy, uneven ride whose best assets are its imagination, Heath Ledger's final performance, and the three surprise stars who act as his replacements.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
March 19, 2010
Terry Gilliam can't catch a break.
Sean P. Means
Salt Lake Tribune
March 12, 2010
Fate's cruel trick -- taking Heath Ledger from us midway through filming -- has inspired Gilliam to make one of his most inventive and strange films.
| Original Score: 3/4
Rob Humanick
Projection Booth
February 6, 2010
Walks a thin line between the convenient and the absurd.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Mark R. Leeper
rec.arts.movies.reviews
January 20, 2010
The actual story is muddled, but the imagination of the visual imagery is very good.
Full Review| Original Score: 6/10
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
January 19, 2010
although there are resplendent moments, they are mired in the kind of general narrative mishmash that makes you wish Gilliam would get outside his own head a little more and try harder to get inside of ours
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Bob Grimm
Reno News and Review
January 17, 2010
Heath Ledger is fine in his last performance, but the great Gilliam is still in a bit of a slump.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)
January 15, 2010
Gilliam has had a rough 10 years, but he's ended the decade with what is easily one of his seminal works. He has shown what imagination and storytelling means to him, and he's made one of his best films in the process.
Full Review | Original Score: A
John Wirt
Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
January 15, 2010
More for Terry Gilliam completists and Heath Ledger's more devoted fans than a general audience.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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