Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas Reviews

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Glenn Dunks
November 24, 2014
Unless viewed through the prism of psychedelic habituates, it is unlikely audiences will find much to savour in Gilliam's picture.
| Original Score: D+
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
If you encountered characters like this on an elevator, you'd push a button and get off at the next floor. Here the elevator is trapped between floors for 128 minutes.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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James Berardinelli
January 1, 2000
Darn funny, but those moments of seemingly-inspired humor are more than offset by the rest of the movie, which is nearly unwatchable.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Scott Weinberg
Apollo Guide
April 28, 2003
If Gilliam was intending to create a film that would disgust, disorient and eventually irritate, then this one's a bona-fide masterpiece - but don't expect me to sit through it ever again.
| Original Score: 61/100
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
May 2, 2012
It's larger-than life, wild, dizzy, colourful and vulgar, and goes round in circles - for a very long time.
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
January 1, 2000
To actually see the images instead of imagining them changes the dynamic and the whole affair lurches into seediness, sleaze and too much vomit on screen.
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Todd McCarthy
March 26, 2009
Pic serves up a sensory overload without any compensatory reflection on the outlandish and irresponsible behavior on view.
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
January 26, 2006
A film of brilliant moments, but sadly less coherent - and, on senses, rather less personal - than most of Gilliam's work.
Dan Jardine
Apollo Guide
January 1, 2000
| Original Score: 27/100
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
January 17, 2004
About as enjoyable as a bad trip.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
April 9, 2005
There is not enough of the drug dementia and too much philosophizing by Gilliam.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Judith Egerton
Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)
June 22, 2004
Unlike Trainspotting, Fear and Loathing doesn't shock or fascinate. It simply disgusts and repels.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Dragan Antulov
July 16, 2004
Full Review| Original Score: 2/10
Eugene Novikov
Film Blather
May 22, 2003
Funny as it might be, the movie has no substance and is instantly forgettable.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Jim Shelby
Palo Alto Weekly
May 20, 2003
| Original Score: 2/4
Elias Savada
Nitrate Online
January 1, 2000
This big-screen adaptation of the 1971 cult classic is a sure candidate for many worst ten film lists.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
Harvey S. Karten
January 1, 2000
The movie is really just one scene after other, giving the impression that each tableau could form the basis of a separate narrative, but the images just do not gel as segments of a 128-minute work.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Forrest Hartman
Reno Gazette-Journal
February 21, 2003
Although the picture's final moments establish it as a morality play, it's been so previously vacuous that the effort is futile.
| Original Score: F
Anthony Miele
Film Threat
December 8, 2002
While entertaining early on, these drug-induced trips become increasingly repetitive as the story progresses.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Josh Larsen
October 31, 2011
The fear is comical; the loathing almost nonexistent.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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