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The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus Reviews

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January 8, 2010
Seriously, if you could make money designing other people's acid trips, Gilliam would be a zillionaire.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 8, 2010
Mr. Gilliam hasn't made a masterpiece here, but it's a fascinating tale with luscious visuals
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
January 8, 2010
Shot through with a bold, extravagant generosity of spirit, this journey behind the literal and figurative looking glass marks a gratifying return to form for Gilliam, whose recent films haven't quite lived up to his capacities.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 8, 2010
The whole thing teems with the sort of imagery and clatter that Gilliam's fans adore. If you loved his older work -- and if you can stand the twinge of pain that beholding the lamented Ledger will surely evoke -- it's worth a visit.
Full Review | Original Score: B
January 8, 2010
Gilliam is a more disciplined storyteller here than he has often been, and the result is his most involving movie in years.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
January 7, 2010
As for who other than Terry Gilliam might enjoy it, I'm at a loss.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
January 7, 2010
More than perhaps any other film Gilliam has ever made, Imaginarium's fantasy elements feel as if they are cobbled together enmasse from the Monty Python animated sequences he used to create.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
January 7, 2010
An invigorating paean to the revelatory powers of entertainment.
Full Review | Original Score: B
January 7, 2010
... this enigmatic through the looking glass odyssey suggests that surrendering oneself to imagination and creativity and storytelling... is dangerous business.
January 7, 2010
It plays like a salvage job, with all the attendant compromises. Though the film is laden with backstory and exposition, not much actually happens onscreen.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
January 7, 2010
I'd love to report that The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus is a work of renegade genius. Alas, it's a minor film, memorable largely as the farewell of Heath Ledger, who died when his scenes were only half completed.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
January 7, 2010
Parnassus is an eye-popping fairy tale, a timeless tale of good battling evil and Gilliam's first film in a long while that wholly captures his vaudevillian spirit.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 7, 2010
...I found this film to be a fitting and lasting tribute to the man it is lovingly dedicated to.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
January 7, 2010
[Its] strange narrative, grounded in a fantasy world that Gilliam renders via computer-generated effects, makes Parnassus a primarily visual spectacle.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
January 7, 2010
The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus is vintage Terry Gilliam, a pour not to all tastes but one certain to please lovers of Time Bandits and The Adventures of Baron Munchausen.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 7, 2010
Gilliam is more sure-footed and confident in his storytelling than he's been in years.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 7, 2010
Your mileage may vary, especially if you feel that the gifted celebrity dead should be mourned with taste and decorum. In which case, why are you even at a Terry Gilliam movie?
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 7, 2010
Parnassus is a step up from Gilliam's two previous pictures (the ineffectual The Brothers Grimm and the torturous Tideland), but it still feels like a cobbled collection of ideas and conceits rather than a stand-alone story.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
January 7, 2010
Terry Gilliam is a director who aspires to magic and, with The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, he's pulled an unruly rabbit out of a seemingly discarded hat.
January 7, 2010
The behind-the-scenes tragedy gives Gilliam an easy excuse for the dull chaos that engulfs the story, but he might have generated it all on his own.
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