Twelve Monkeys (12 Monkeys) Reviews

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October 12, 2018
This dystopian time-travelling sci-fi is a reminder that the director can make films that are visually inventive, intellectually engaging and downright exciting.
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.
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.
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.
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.
February 13, 2001
Willis and Pitts's performances, Gilliam's atmospherics and an exhilarating momentum easily outweigh such trifling flaws.
January 1, 2000
A consistently engaging motion picture.
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
In its frantic mix of chaos, carnage and zoo animals, 12 Monkeys is Jumanji for adults.
January 1, 2000
Overwrought.
January 1, 2000
A potent glimpse of doom with a jarringly familiar ring.
January 1, 2000
As an entertainment, it appeals more to the mind than to the senses.
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
A densely plotted, visually dynamic post-apocalyptic thriller.
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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