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The Brothers Grimm (2005)

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Critic Consensus: The Brothers Grimm is full of beautiful imagery, but the story is labored and less than enchanting.

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Two men who have made a career out of spinning remarkable stories find themselves bringing them to life in this inventive fantasy inspired by the creators of some of the world's best-loved fairy tales. Will Grimm (Matt Damon) and his brother Jake Grimm (Heath Ledger) earn their living by traveling from village to village and vanquishing strange supernatural beasts that have been menacing the populace. Or at least that's what their clients think has been happening; as it happens, Will and Jake are confidence men who cleverly stage the ghostly attacks and then take payment for making the creatures they fabricated go away. One day, the brothers arrive in a town and offer to help its people drive away evil spirits, unaware that the community is bordered by a genuine enchanted forest, and that young girls in the village have been disappearing at a frightful rate. The Grimm Brothers must now learn how to deal with real magic, with the help of the lovely but fearless Angelika (Lena Headey). Directed by Terry Gilliam, The Brothers Grimm also stars Monica Bellucci, Peter Stormare, and Jonathan Pryce. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

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Cast

Matt Damon
as Wilhelm Grimm
Heath Ledger
as Jacob Grimm
Monica Bellucci
as Mirror Queen
Jonathan Pryce
as Delatombe
Lena Headey
as Angelika
Petr Ratimec
as Young Will
Barbara Lukesova
as Mother Grimm
Anna Rust
as Sister Grimm
Jeremy Robson
as Young Jacob
Radim Kalvoda
as Gendarmes
Martin Hofmann
as Gendarmes
Josef Pepa Nos
as German War Veteran
Harry Gilliam
as Stable Boy
Marika Sarah Prochazkova
as Miller's Daughter
Alena Jakobova
as Red Hooded Girl
Rudolf Pellar
as Watchman
Dana Dohnalova
as Twin Sister
Petra Dohnalova
as Twin Sister
Hanus Bor
as Twins' Father
Ota Flip
as Tavern Owner
Audrey Hamm
as Traveler
Karel Kohlicek
as Bald French Soldier
Martin Kavan
as Delatombe's Valet
Eva Reitererova
as Serving Wench
Jan Unger
as Gregor
Fero Velecky
as Old Crone
Milan Gargula
as Contemptuous Villager
Drahomira Fialkova
as Grandmother
Ludek Elias
as Grizzled Elder
Jana Radojcicova
as Angry Woman
Tomás Hanák
as Woodsman
Denisa Malinovska
as Young Angelika
Petr Vrsek
as The King
Bara Rudlova
as Angelika's Sister
Andrea Milackova
as Angelika's Sister
Andrea Sochurkova
as Angelika's Sister
Daniela Kubickova
as Angelika's Sister
Viera Uzelacova
as Elsie's Mother
Simona Vcalova
as Elsie's Mother
Deborah Hyde
as Corpse Queen
Vaclav Chalupa
as Aide De Camp
Jiri Krejcir
as Fat Soldier
Kamila Bruderova
as Dumpy Farm Girl
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Critic Reviews for The Brothers Grimm

All Critics (179) | Top Critics (38)

The Brothers Grimm has enough haunting, fairy-tale imagery for 10 movies, but no emotional kick to drive those images home.

August 29, 2005
Slate
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It's kind of cold and it's kind of a mess, but I thought it was a glorious mess and it looks so great and it is so interesting and there is so much going on that I have to recommend it on a very mild level.

August 29, 2005
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

This time, Gilliam's storytelling is even more convoluted than his bookkeeping.

Full Review… | August 26, 2005
Orange County Register
Top Critic

Jammed with stuff and all but empty of drama.

Full Review… | August 26, 2005
Washington Post
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The best thing to be said about this expensive but drab wannabe mirthmaker is that it has some of its director's quirky touches.

Full Review… | August 26, 2005
USA Today
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The result is something that might best be called Monty Python and the Holy Mess.

Full Review… | August 26, 2005
Toronto Star
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Audience Reviews for The Brothers Grimm

[img]http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/user/icons/icon14.gif[/img] The Brothers Grimm is Terry Gilliam's first film that lacks a surealist personality and a interestingly mind boggling concept. Besides the marvelous visuals and the capable cast, this is a Terry Gilliam move that doesn't feel at all like a Terry Gilliam movie. It feels rather studio structured and is terrified to go to the places Gilliam is screaming for it to go to. He's one of the few artistic film makers working today who understands visuals and depth and if you give him his space he can make something very remarkable. If your going to make a fantasy film with a worthy director you have to allow it to go somewhere, this doesn't. But on a positive note I think the industrialisation of it forgot to enclose Gilliam's signature humour and brilliant changes of tone. There's some good humour in the film, I laughed a few times, I think it will please primarily the popcorn crowd. But if your someone like me, a huge Terry Gilliam fan who admires his ambitions for artsy cinema, this is best avoided.

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Terry Gilliam gives us this unique congregation of the well known Grimm fairy tales, built around a traveling pair of con artists bilking superstitious country folk who are put to the test when they stumble onto the real thing: an evil witch ( which is sorta like The Blair Witch Project come to think of it - w/o the video cameras). Matt Damon, Heath Ledger, and the always wonderful Peter Stomare head up the spooky proceedings with aplomb.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

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One of the few (if not the only) movie(s) I have walked out of in theaters. The film wants to go many places, but fails to go to any of them. Extremely boring, don't bother.

Eric Alvarez
Eric Alvarez

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