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Twelve Monkeys (12 Monkeys) Reviews

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.
March 26, 2009
Neither as visually compelling as Brazil nor as emotionally gripping as The Fisher King.
June 24, 2006
Gilliam gives the material a lunatic poetry of his own, but remains impervious to the requirements of narrative pacing.
August 12, 2005
Dark and somber like Blade Runner, this sci-fi is a spectacular mess, a convoluted film with too many ideas for its own good, blending (among other things) the virus thriller with the post-apocalyptic genre.
Read More | Original Score: B-
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 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 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
In some ways, 12 Monkeys is the end-of-the-world thriller that Kathryn Bigelow's Strange Days wanted to be.
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
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
In its frantic mix of chaos, carnage and zoo animals, 12 Monkeys is Jumanji for adults.
January 1, 2000
Overwrought.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
January 1, 2000
A densely plotted, visually dynamic post-apocalyptic thriller.
January 1, 2000
A consistently engaging motion picture.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
January 1, 2000
Willis gives a quietly intense performance, looking like he's trying to solve a jigsaw puzzle in his head.
January 1, 2000
This film hits a nerve a lot more effectively than either the director's Brazil or The Fisher King.
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
A potent glimpse of doom with a jarringly familiar ring.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 27, 1995
[Gilliam] turns a world falling apart into a funky, dizzying spectacle.
Full Review | Original Score: B+