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The Brothers Grimm Reviews

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Jonathan W. Hickman
Entertainment Insiders
August 28, 2005
The most unforgivable thing Gilliam has done in this film is to dumb down two of the best looking and radiant actors working today.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
August 26, 2005
Too violent for children and too inane for anybody else.
| Original Score: 2/5
August 22, 2005
[O]ffers us a glimpse at a future where one of our most idiosyncratic directors has been beaten down by the corporate system. Now that's the making of a Terry Gilliam movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
August 25, 2005
The Brothers Grimm is a work of limitless invention, but it is invention without pattern, chasing itself around the screen without finding a plot.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
August 25, 2005
Too scary for kids and too thin for anyone else, Terry Gilliam's latest movie, like his heroes' tricks, has a lot of visual flair, but no substance.
| Original Score: C+
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
August 25, 2005
There is magic in The Brothers Grimm but it's hard to locate amid all the ... 'stuff,' I believe is the technical phrase.
| Original Score: 2/4
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
August 14, 2005
It's been 7 years since Gilliam's last film. It was not worth the wait.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
August 25, 2005
The movie makes you yearn for the innocent times that Junior learned about kinky sex from playground stories or late-night Cinemax rather than summer kids' flicks.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
James Rocchi
September 15, 2005
The fairy tale-spinning Brothers are recast as faux ghost-busters in Terry Gilliam's muddled medieval mediocrity.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Scott Weinberg
August 25, 2005
Frankly I never would have believed that Terry Gilliam had a movie this bad in him.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
August 22, 2005
Hugely ambitious but often failing to live up to those ambitions.
Todd Gilchrist
IGN Movies
September 23, 2005
Inconsistent and painfully rote.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Anton Bitel
Eye for Film
July 2, 2007
everyone involved in the production appears to have become lost in the dark woods, hoping somehow to find their way out with an incoherent trail of compromises.
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
August 15, 2005
Fails to reinvent its Grimm yarns and only cursorily investigates the relationship between truth and fiction as it rumbles from one farcical scenario to another.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Kam Williams
Princeton Town Topics
July 16, 2007
A disjointed, ear-splitting, visually-jarring, mirthless exercise in pandemonium that director Terry Gilliam tries to pass off as family entertainment.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
Eric D. Snider
August 25, 2005
Not just weird, but randomly, elaborately weird.... It's a total wreck.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
August 26, 2005
Jammed with stuff and all but empty of drama.
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
August 26, 2005
To see what The Brothers Grimm aims for - to see how wonderful and glorious it could have been - is to curse it all the more as it slowly loses its way.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
August 25, 2005
Despite a few early sparks of promise, The Brothers Grimm sputters and coughs along like an unoiled machine, grinding gears and nerves in equal measure.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Brian Orndorf
August 26, 2005
A noisy, tonally berserk fantasy horror film, Grimm quickly reminds the viewer why is it's so hard for Gilliam to find funding for his visions these days.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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