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Twelve Monkeys (12 Monkeys) Reviews

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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.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
May 14, 2003
Distinctly lacking in sentiment. Give me cataclysm, but at least act like you care.
| Original Score: 2/4
April 23, 2003
Disorientating, but good performances all round. Will have you thinking for days afterwards.
March 16, 2003
It will keep you thinking long after you watch it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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.
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
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.
August 21, 2002
Weird meditation on time and apocalyptic possibilities.
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.
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.
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
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
February 13, 2001
Willis and Pitts's performances, Gilliam's atmospherics and an exhilarating momentum easily outweigh such trifling flaws.
January 1, 2000
Though it takes a while to get moving, Twelve Monkeys becomes a thrilling, haunting and exceedingly well-acted film.
January 1, 2000
A consistently engaging motion picture.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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.
January 1, 2000
As an entertainment, it appeals more to the mind than to the senses.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 1, 2000
In some ways, 12 Monkeys is the end-of-the-world thriller that Kathryn Bigelow's Strange Days wanted to be.
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.
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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