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The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus Reviews

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Top Critic
Christine Champ
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+
December 23, 2009
While a movie that is deeply flawed and ultimately fails, Parnassus is at least watchable, unlike Gilliam's last film, the wretched Tideland.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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
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James Berardinelli
December 22, 2009
If I was a teacher and The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus was a student's paper, I would give it an "incomplete."
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ella Taylor
Village Voice
December 23, 2009
Gilliam and McKeown's willful refusal of coherent narrative and determination to pack every idea about art they ever had into one scenario, make this fiendishly gorgeous movie more exhausting than exhilarating to watch.
Alonso Duralde
December 23, 2009
Once an exciting and daring filmmaker, Gilliam is now making movies that threaten to put their audiences to sleep. Ask your doctor if Parnassus is right for you.
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Michael Phillips
At the Movies
December 28, 2009
Gilliamâ(TM)s visually assaultive technique doesnâ(TM)t make it easy on either the story or the actors.
Clint O'Connor
Cleveland Plain Dealer
December 25, 2009
Ledger's admirers will be pleased with his farewell, even if his part is not fully realized and his character is more of a supporting syrup in this weird elixir.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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
Clay Cane
December 23, 2009
An acidic combo of a Super Mario Bros. game on a disastrous drug trip and a bad Lady Gaga video -- however, both Mario and Gaga have better premises.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Charles Gant
Independent (UK)
May 23, 2009
Ledger's performance provides an adequate swansong for loyal fans on pilgrimages to the multiplexes this autumn. But many will exit scratching their heads.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
December 22, 2009
Unsuccessfully attempts to fashion an actual story out of slapdash, seemingly improvised sequences awash in uneven CG effects.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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
Josh Winning
Little White Lies
October 16, 2009
Sadly, Parnassus' stop-start narrative frustrates, while much of its melancholy relies on Ledger's involvement. Still, there are those moments.
Eric D. Snider
January 7, 2010
As for who other than Terry Gilliam might enjoy it, I'm at a loss.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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
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
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Tom Huddlestone
Time Out
October 16, 2009
It's unlikely Gilliam's own, undeniably brilliant career will be revitalised by this rambling, undisciplined and indulgent piece of work.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Erin Free
FILMINK (Australia)
October 27, 2009
A hard to fathom storyline and obvious CGI effects detract from an otherwise big-hearted final film for Heath Ledger.
Patrick Kolan
IGN Movies AU
September 28, 2009
Doctor Parnassus parallels Terry Gilliam and his most recent work: many complex ideas, grand intentions and miserable luck leading him down a path to nowhere, forcing him to start over with nothing one more time.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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