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The Fisher King Reviews

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
The Fisher King is a disorganized, rambling and eccentric movie that contains some moments of truth, some moments of humor, and many moments of digression.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
James Rocchi
November 7, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
September 19, 2002
| Original Score: 2/5
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
July 4, 2015
There are two terrific performances at the center of The Fisher King, and neither belongs to Robin Williams.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
January 1, 2000
I found the Jeff Bridges character to be a total loser. His character taught me nothing other than it is pretty awful spending a lot of time with an alcoholic dead beat even if he is only on a movie screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
Stephen Farber
January 9, 2002
Gilliam's pyrotechnics can't redeem the utterly predictable plot.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: C
Barbara Shulgasser
Common Sense Media
August 9, 2016
Intense '90s drama has gory violence, mature themes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5

TV Guide
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Entertainment Weekly
September 20, 1991
Full Review | Original Score: C
Austin Trunick
Under the Radar
July 8, 2015
[Numbers] among the director's masterpieces.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
July 29, 2002
Read More | 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.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
Scott Weinberg
July 26, 2002
Gilliam's grand, Williams is wonderful, and Bridges is brilliant! (Corny, I know, but that's how much I dig this movie.)
| Original Score: 5/5
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
August 5, 2002
| Original Score: 5/5
Rob Gonsalves
January 1, 2000
It's Gilliam's most relaxed and heartfelt filmmaking, with a new respect for human frailty and actors' moments.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Cole Smithey
October 1, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
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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.
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Variety Staff
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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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
January 26, 2006
Scary, touching, often hilarious, this modern fairytale is surprisingly enchanting.
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