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Twelve Monkeys (12 Monkeys) Reviews

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Janet Maslin
New York Times
May 20, 2003
There's always overripe method to his madness, but in the new 12 Monkeys Mr. Gilliam's methods are uncommonly wrenching and strong.
| Original Score: 4/5
Jeanne Aufmuth
Palo Alto Weekly
May 14, 2003
Distinctly lacking in sentiment. Give me cataclysm, but at least act like you care.
| Original Score: 2/4
Kim Newman
Empire Magazine
April 23, 2003
Disorientating, but good performances all round. Will have you thinking for days afterwards.
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
March 16, 2003
It will keep you thinking long after you watch it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle
March 10, 2003
It often seems as though Gilliam is the least prolific of fantastic directors working today (with the possible exception of Alejandro Jodorowsky), but once again, it was worth the wait.
Nick Hilditch
November 4, 2002
Terry Gilliam's most mature film to date demands rigorous analysis from the viewer. Add to this the director's grotesquely comic hallmarks, and the resulting film is a complex and rewarding fantasy.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Kevin N. Laforest
Montreal Film Journal
September 10, 2002
The more I see this film, the more I'm impressed by it. I love movies that are rich and complex, filled with different layers of reading.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
August 21, 2002
Weird meditation on time and apocalyptic possibilities.
Leslie Rigoulot
Film Scouts
April 17, 2002
The acting is good, and the visuals are sharp. But at two hours long, they should have just settled for six monkeys.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
May 12, 2001
Bruce Willis, in an eruptive performance of startling emotional intensity, stars as Cole, a prisoner tagged for an experiment that may get him killed.
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
February 27, 2001
The whole scope of 12 Moneys is completely insane, often confusing, sometimes almost unintelligible; but somehow at the end it all comes together and everything makes sense if you look at it closely enough.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
February 13, 2001
Mystifying, intriguing, even infuriating, it shows what happens when an unconventional talent meets straightforward material.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
February 13, 2001
Willis and Pitts's performances, Gilliam's atmospherics and an exhilarating momentum easily outweigh such trifling flaws.
Scott Renshaw
Scott Renshaw's Screening Room
January 1, 2000
Though it takes a while to get moving, Twelve Monkeys becomes a thrilling, haunting and exceedingly well-acted film.
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James Berardinelli
January 1, 2000
A consistently engaging motion picture.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Scott Rosenberg
January 1, 2000
What's remarkable about 12 Monkeys is that, despite its decade-hopping abandon, the film makes a chilling kind of narrative sense.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
As an entertainment, it appeals more to the mind than to the senses.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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John Hartl
January 1, 2000
In some ways, 12 Monkeys is the end-of-the-world thriller that Kathryn Bigelow's Strange Days wanted to be.
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Keith Simanton
January 1, 2000
At one point Cole says that viewing the past is like watching a good movie, 'Every time you see it it's different, because you're different.' 12 Monkeys is a film that will do that, change as you change.
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Tom Keogh
January 1, 2000
This film hits a nerve a lot more effectively than either the director's Brazil or The Fisher King.
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