The Fisher King Reviews

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June 15, 2017
The search for the Holy Grail reaches peak insanity in this wild, redemptive ride through two men's interconnected lives.
September 7, 2011
January 29, 2010
Visually impressive, frequently pretentious, and extremely fluid as narrative (the 137 minutes sail by effortlessly), this mythic comedy-drama presents Gilliam as half seer, half snake-oil salesman and defies you to sort out which is which.
March 26, 2009
The Fisher King has two actors at the top of their form, and a compelling, well-directed and well-produced story.
April 7, 2008
Working within the constraints of a big studio film has brought out Gilliam's best: he's become a true storyteller and a wonderful director of actors. This time he delights not only the eye but the soul.
January 26, 2006
Scary, touching, often hilarious, this modern fairytale is surprisingly enchanting.
October 30, 2018
The relationship between Jack and Perry feels lived in ... Yet, the movie's relationship to the themes of mental illness, mass shooting and homelessness are clumsier.
April 11, 2018
At times loud and brash, at others introvert and delicate, Gilliam has crafted something rather special in this rightfully-beloved film.
June 26, 2017
Gilliam is not a director who does things by halves, and The Fisher King is as funny and emotive as the best of his work. Indeed, it's the heightened humanity of this film that resonates the strongest.
August 9, 2016
Intense '90s drama has gory violence, mature themes.
August 19, 2015
Terry Gilliam and Robin Williams, working together, understood something about the threat of madness and figured out how to dramatize that walk along the knife's edge.
July 8, 2015
[Numbers] among the director's masterpieces.
July 4, 2015
There are two terrific performances at the center of The Fisher King, and neither belongs to Robin Williams.
June 22, 2015
Gilliam exaggerates the romanticism, the grotesquerie, and the personal pain that runs through LaGravenese's story, creating a reality where the more preposterous turns make sense.
June 15, 2015
Much like Gilliam's film, Criterion's Blu-ray for The Fisher King packs an audio/visual wallop, but is undermined by its transparent interest in communal naval-gazing.
August 15, 2011
It's sometimes hard to follow the action, but you have a bit of fun trying to figure it all out.
January 29, 2010
The Fisher King's problems begin with Richard LaGravenese's screenplay and are amplified by Gilliam's showy direction and an unbearably fey performance by Robin Williams.
January 29, 2010
As always, Williams turns romance into slush, but Gilliam reigns it in with his mad and magical design.
January 29, 2010
Although there are moments when the mixture of comedy, fantasy and drama don't come off, this is still an original, touching movie that is well worth the price of a ticket.
May 7, 2007
A touching and funny one-of-a-kind gem about two lost souls who help each other find redemption. Bridges once again proves what an underappreciated actor he is, while Williams is at his manic best.
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