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The Adventures of Baron Munchausen Reviews

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Dennis King
Tulsa World
November 12, 2014
The Adventures of Baron Munchausen is a fairy tale of large heart and limitless vision. Like its maker, it staunchly defies the exigencies of reason to pursue a bigger vision of imagination.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Sheila Benson
Los Angeles Times
November 15, 2013
The sheer volume and invention of Gilliam's visual largess sets him apart, and his wit operates for the most part at a dangerously sophisticated level.
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
November 15, 2013
One of the most voluptuously beautiful films ever imagined, Munchausen naturally assumes that surrealism is preferable, that through make-believe we find the way to true beliefs.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
November 15, 2013
A lavish fairy tale for bright children of all ages.

Total Film
November 15, 2013
The carnivalesque chaos is anchored in stage actor John Neville's charismatic lead turn.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
November 15, 2013
The king is completely out-of-control, and so was Gilliam in making this film. Neither has much of a sense of proportion, but both are hard to ignore.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Roger Hurlburt
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
November 15, 2013
Superbly photographed and marvelously lighted, this remarkable set piece of art direction and stunning decor cures many of its own ills, including a screenplay that meanders grandly.
Ralph Novak
People Magazine
November 15, 2013
Its intellectual intent and the physical production seem disconnected, leaving a film that bedazzles the eye even as it bedevils the mind.
Alan Jones
Radio Times
November 15, 2013
It's an opulent odyssey that balances romance, comedy and thrills in one glittering and constantly surprising package.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Richard Luck
November 15, 2013
For a picture big on in-camera special effects, few of the explosions and set pieces can eclipse the parade of cracking performances.
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Tribune
November 15, 2013
There is much to see on this journey, all of it presented in the abundant, deep-focus detail that is Gilliam's visual trademark.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4

TV Guide
December 7, 2012
The narrative is highly episodic and only intermittently engaging, but Gilliam's wildly inventive mise en scene, ably assisted by production designer Dante Ferretti, is extraordinary.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Christopher Lloyd
Sarasota Herald-Tribune
October 25, 2010
Like many of Gilliam's cerebral, impish films, Munchausen toes the line between rationality and fantasy, gleefully incorporating both into the same story.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Variety Staff
October 18, 2008
A fitting final installment in Terry Gilliam's trilogy begun with Time Bandits and continued with Brazil.
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Mark Bourne
April 10, 2008
...probably the purest expression of Gilliam's Rococo imagination...
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
April 9, 2008
Like its hero, extraordinary in every way. [Blu-Ray review]
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
April 7, 2008
A gaudy chimera with no other reason for its existence than to be flamboyant to no great end.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jeremiah Kipp
Slant Magazine
March 31, 2008
Making your way through the film is like eating an entire beautifully sculpted wedding cake.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
James Plath
Movie Metropolis
March 30, 2008
Despite a second-act sag, the visuals make The Adventures of Baron Munchausen a worthwhile film.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Jennie Kermode
Eye for Film
December 7, 2007
As vastly expensive pieces of set tumble everywhere one cannot help but consider that white elephants, whilst they mat be a burden to keep, are splendid things to look at.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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