The Fisher King Reviews

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Austin Trunick
Under the Radar
July 8, 2015
[Numbers] among the director's masterpieces.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Noel Murray
The Dissolve
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight
August 15, 2011
It's sometimes hard to follow the action, but you have a bit of fun trying to figure it all out.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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.

Film4
January 29, 2010
As always, Williams turns romance into slush, but Gilliam reigns it in with his mad and magical design.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jo Berry
Empire Magazine
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Variety Staff
Variety
March 26, 2009
The Fisher King has two actors at the top of their form, and a compelling, well-directed and well-produced story.
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David Ansen
Newsweek
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.
Chuck O'Leary
FulvueDrive-in.com
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.
| Original Score: 8/10
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
December 28, 2006
As original as Gilliam is as a filmmaker, he too falls victims to Hollywood cliches as far as the portrait of the homeless is concerned (here Robin Williams)--they are either mad saints or misfit geniuses
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
January 26, 2006
Scary, touching, often hilarious, this modern fairytale is surprisingly enchanting.
Fred Topel
About.com
October 14, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
October 1, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
Michael A. Smith
Nolan's Pop Culture Review
April 22, 2005
Williams got the Oscar nomination but Bridges deserved one more.
| Original Score: 4/5
John Wirt
Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
March 24, 2005
With director Terry Gilliam at the helm, Robin Williams actually succeeds in a drama.
| Original Score: 3/5
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer
January 15, 2005
The Fisher King emphasizes the purpose of fairy tales in our lives, and the way a fantasy can help us see reality more clearly.
| Original Score: A+
Rob Blackwelder
SPLICEDWire
December 15, 2004
| Original Score: 3/5
Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan
October 24, 2004
Great cast and director in intellectual plot
| Original Score: 4/5
Enrique Buchichio
Uruguay Total
October 20, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
Douglas Pratt
DVDLaser
October 14, 2004
Unlike the standard Fisher King tale, the concerns of individuals within the film are more important than the concerns of society. Terry Gilliam's myth feels more like a lark, a safe little foray into a mythic world of impoverished individuals who don't
| Original Score: 3/5
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