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The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus Reviews

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Top Critic
January 15, 2010
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
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
January 15, 2010
Endearingly packed to the rafters with ornate anachronistic artistry, Gilliam's Imaginarium is a great place to window shop--and get lost for a spell.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Tricia Olszewski
Washington City Paper
January 13, 2010
A visual and narrative whirlwind that's too scattershot to engage and is a disappointing finale to Ledger's career.
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
January 12, 2010
The story is odd and doesn't really hang together very well, but the film is worth watching mainly to experience the wonder of Mr. Gilliam's fantastic visual imagination.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Jeff Bayer
The Scorecard Review
January 12, 2010
Ideally, Ledger's Joker from The Dark Knight would have been his last performance. Once again Gilliam has made a movie probably only he can truly understand or find very interesting.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
January 12, 2010
Overburdened with ideas, visions, and concepts, and rather than teasing any of them out, the director insists on them with great force and urgency that is rather more off-putting than entrancing.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Sarah Boslaugh
January 10, 2010
...while the film is not entirely successful, it certainly qualifies as a glorious mess of a failure.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Fred Topel
Sci Fi Wire
January 9, 2010
I have no idea what it was about, but it was fascinating and wonderful.
Mike Scott
January 9, 2010
There's a fine line that separates fantastical from nonsensical. Too often, Gilliam's film comes down on the wrong side.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Bill Gibron
January 8, 2010
As one of the last great proprietors of motion picture prestidigitation, Gilliam is his own protagonist. As you follow the fall of Parnassus, you see the story of the director's rise, rejection, and reinvention of himself.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
January 8, 2010
another sad miss in Terry Gilliam's shooting gallery
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
January 8, 2010
One wishes the end result was a better tribute to a remarkable talent taken before his time.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star
January 8, 2010
Imaginarium might have worked as a short film, but at two hours it becomes a soul-sucking void.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
Brian Tallerico
Movie Retriever
January 8, 2010
If Ledger had completed the entire film or not, Doctor Parnassus doesn't seem well-focused enough to be a truly landmark Gilliam work but it's much closer than anything else he's done this millennium.
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Tom Long
Detroit News
January 8, 2010
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 | Original Score: B-
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
January 8, 2010
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.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
January 8, 2010
When it's all done we're left with another recent Gilliam trademark: the highly imaginative mess.
| Original Score: 3/5
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
January 8, 2010
'Parnassus' may be an unprecedented distillation of Gilliam's ideas about art and life, but as presented here, those ideas are less than compelling.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Sean O'Connell
Hollywood News
January 8, 2010
Those who find Gilliam visually stimulating should be willing to ride along.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
January 8, 2010
A new Gilliam film is always a good reason to go to the movies, and Ledger's final screen appearance is certainly more than a curiosity.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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