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The Brothers Grimm Reviews

August 29, 2005
The Brothers Grimm has enough haunting, fairy-tale imagery for 10 movies, but no emotional kick to drive those images home.
August 29, 2005
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 26, 2005
This time, Gilliam's storytelling is even more convoluted than his bookkeeping.
Full Review | Original Score: C
August 26, 2005
Jammed with stuff and all but empty of drama.
August 26, 2005
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 | Original Score: 2/4
August 26, 2005
The result is something that might best be called Monty Python and the Holy Mess.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
August 26, 2005
A flawed but brilliantly imaginative mix of darkness and humor reminiscent of Hammer period chillers like Captain Kronos: Vampire Hunter by way of Monty Python and the Holy Grail.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 26, 2005
Its energy is impressive, but its effects are scattered.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
August 26, 2005
Too violent for children and too inane for anybody else.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
August 26, 2005
[Gilliam's] visual alchemy isn't magic enough to keep the story from slipping into incoherence.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
August 26, 2005
This aimless epic about a pair of charlatan brothers sinks under the weight of a problematic script, questionable star casting, hamfisted editing -- and penny-pinching by Gilliam's latest patrons, the Brothers Weinstein.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
August 26, 2005
Sometimes delightful, sometimes tedious, always creative.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
August 26, 2005
A joyless fantasy.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
August 26, 2005
Those who adore Terry Gilliam for his taunting French soldiers in Monty Python and the Holy Grail or his weird subversiveness in Brazil may find The Brothers Grimm to be a fairy tale gone sour.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
August 26, 2005
[Gilliam's] two great successes -- Time Bandits and especially Brazil -- were dazzling enough that he's been struggling ever since to prove that his best work isn't behind him. On the evidence here, the struggle continues.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
August 26, 2005
Terry Gilliam casts such a mad, magical spell over the proceedings that the film is endlessly energized and gleefully imaginative.
Read More | Original Score: B
August 26, 2005
A movie as enjoyable as it is clever.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
August 26, 2005
It's worth watching even when it doesn't.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
August 26, 2005
A messy fairy tale riff that overcompensates for a less-than-enchanting story with frenetic busyness.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
August 26, 2005
What we have here isn't a movie, it's a coffee-table book.
August 26, 2005
An absurd mess that's more entertaining than it has any right to be.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
August 26, 2005
Fairy tales are all about feeding our imaginations, and Gilliam was only allowed to bring out the snack tray.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
August 25, 2005
Maybe not terrible so much as terminally silly.
August 25, 2005
If The Brothers Grimm flies apart like a badly designed airplane (and it does), it still has more going for it than most of the movie fare this summer.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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
August 25, 2005
Director Terry Gilliam's strong visual sense is ideally suited to this material, and he and his special-effects crew have cooked up some dandy images. Still, the moral of this story is that sometimes slick pictures alone aren't enough.
August 25, 2005
Although Gilliam has always had a taste for the outre, he has allowed it to get out of hand here and swallow the picture whole.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
August 25, 2005
It's a muddle, but it's a Terry Gilliam muddle -- and there's nothing like his muddles anywhere in our uptight, color-within-the-lines mainstream.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
August 25, 2005
This is one of the most visually off-putting films ever made by a director who supposedly makes beautiful pictures.
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
August 25, 2005
A fractured fairy tale that's both too grim and not Grimm enough.
Read More | Original Score: C
August 24, 2005
A pinata of visual effects that Gilliam keeps smashing, with diminishing returns.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
August 23, 2005
If only summer movies were, as a matter of course, this inventive, this modest, this interested -- even derisively -- in cultural legacies, this faithful to concept and setting.
August 22, 2005
Deeply lost in the woods.
August 22, 2005
Hugely ambitious but often failing to live up to those ambitions.
August 11, 2005
It's Gilliam's chance to run amok, and watching him do it is eye-popping fun.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
August 11, 2005
Mr. Gilliam has no clear idea what he's doing, so the movie is nothing more than noise, costumes and disjointed special effects that do not make an acceptable substitute for the sense of tempo the rest of the film sorely lacks.