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Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas Reviews

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May 2, 2012
A peculiar and oddly haunting achievement.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Top Critic
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
May 2, 2012
It's certainly distinctive, looking at times like Richard Lester put through a postmodernist blender.

May 2, 2012
Bizarre, unpredictable yet strangely alluring.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
R. L. Shaffer
May 16, 2011
Certainly uneven at times, but Terry Gilliam's surreal mood piece paints a vivid, splashy picture of gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Christopher Long
Movie Metropolis
May 16, 2011
A beautiful cinematic showcase for Thompson at the peak of his writing skills.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Eric Melin
Kansas City Star
May 1, 2011
It may start off as a lighthearted, excess-filled, party-road-trip movie, but Depp is reigned in a little towards the end as his character (a stand-in for Thompson) poetically bemoans the sad failure of the late-60s ideals and values.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Steve Biodrowski
December 22, 2008
This is the best acid-inspired movie since Roger Corman's The Trip - and it is a darn sight more accurate in its depiction [of] the highs and the lows, the terrible confusion alternating with lucidity, the excitement that gives way to paranoia.
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
May 28, 2008
...he first hour of the film is as successful as anything I've ever seen or read at conveying how the world looks to the drugged.
Full Review| Original Score: 87/100
Rob Gonsalves
February 3, 2008
Years from now, it will be reappraised as a misunderstood masterpiece. Well, this is one American critic who's not waiting until years from now.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer
December 6, 2004
Gilliam shows that there is something appealing about drug highs. It wouldn't be honest to say otherwise. And, yes, they'll destroy you. It's honest about that too.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
March 1, 2004
A bizarre masterpiece that invents a brilliantly skewed perspective and sustains it for a nearly impossible 117 minutes.
Rob Blackwelder
April 12, 2003
...has an incongruous, stream-of-consciousness tang that requires just the right mood to enjoy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jeremiah Kipp
March 27, 2003
Fellini's movies work on this level, reveling in their carnival atmosphere while at the same time critiquing them.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Rumsey Taylor
Not Coming to a Theater Near You
February 11, 2003
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas is impeded by both familiarity with its source and esteem for its director. However, the Criterion DVD has a tremendous asset in the collaboration of Hunter Thompson, who appears repeatedly in the disc's supplements.
Ron Wells
Film Threat
December 8, 2002
We get a ringside seat for how meaningless and cruel the real world is.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer
October 15, 2002
It's not pretty, but it's no accident either.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Kevin N. Laforest
Montreal Film Journal
September 10, 2002
This is one awesome flick, often hilarious and always visually stunning.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
David Sterritt
Film Scouts
April 17, 2002
As close to hard-core cultural avant-gardism as Hollywood ever comes.
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix
March 24, 2002
A hilarious trip to the hellish heart of one American dream.
December 30, 2001
I was terrified by the constant peril Dr. Gonzo and Thompson put themselves in, and yet drawn to it, like an accident scene.
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