Twelve Monkeys (12 Monkeys) - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Twelve Monkeys (12 Monkeys) Reviews

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Variety Staff
March 26, 2009
Neither as visually compelling as Brazil nor as emotionally gripping as The Fisher King.
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
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
January 1, 2000
In its frantic mix of chaos, carnage and zoo animals, 12 Monkeys is Jumanji for adults.
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.
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
January 1, 2000
A movie that is about as much fun to watch as getting your teeth pulled.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
January 1, 2000
| Original Score: 2/4
Michael Dequina
December 5, 2004
A messy mélange of action, adventure, sci-fi, romance, horror, and comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Carly Kocurek
Common Sense Media
January 1, 2011
Terry Gilliam's violent dystopian masterpiece.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
May 9, 2005
..less an essay on the nature of madness than a crazy person's poem. It is wild and beautiful and deeply disturbing all at once.
Full Review| Original Score: A-
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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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James Berardinelli
January 1, 2000
A consistently engaging motion picture.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
March 4, 2011
Gilliam's greatest all around film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews
July 6, 2010
A dark and gritty sci-fi thriller, 12 Monkeys stands apart from other sci-fi films, due to its unique and twisted concept on the future of mankind.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Mark R. Leeper
January 1, 2000
A pretentious and self-indulgent piece of oppressive and cheerless filmmaking, but for mavens of time travel stories it delivers the goods.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
December 19, 2012
One of the best-looking and smartest sci-fi films of the modern era.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Rob Gonsalves
July 23, 2007
Gilliam has taken on a conventional Hollywood sci-fi thriller with big stars and turned it into his own rough beast.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
May 27, 2011
While all of Gilliam's movies are worth seeing, there's a fair amount of his designer grimness here mixed in with the cabaret comedy.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 26, 2006
12 Monkeys seems to go down smoothly without compromising anything or dumbing itself down.
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee
January 1, 2000
This is action movie-making at its most suave.
Staci Layne Wilson
December 31, 2004
Oh my!
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