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August 25, 2016
Along with great acting, this is one of the best genre bending of fantasy and reality in any movie I've seen.
August 12, 2016
Slightly uneven but altogether wholesome, Terry Gilliam's scope and imagination manifests itself in his two leads with impressive care. The Fisher King does not hesitate to express its unique form and confidently hits every note it reaches. Wildly underrated movie and one of Williams' best works.
March 24, 2016
Reasonable film but didn't really captivate me and was a it of an effort to watch. So much so I gave up after an hour
½ March 5, 2016
Robin Williams exhibits a crazy performance, good film.
½ March 3, 2016
absolutely fantastic performances by Mercedes rhuel, Jeff bridges, and most importantly Robin williams. Starts out slow but it is just setting up the story, must see film .
½ February 17, 2016
An oscar-bait film with a terrific performance from Robin Williams. Although the film obviously has its strengths and is very intellectual in plot and form this film, unfortunately in my opinion, often shirks entertainment value for the all-too overpowering feeling of "This movie means something." While meaning something isn't a bad thing, it is just disappointing to see that this film probably won't be recognized by the average movie-goer and they will be wondering why Robin Williams' performance isn't hilarious rather than thinking hard about what the movie is trying to convey to you. The film is done no favors when the first scene doesn't charm you into Jeff Bridges character and instead makes you feel a certain contempt for him that is hard to truly forgive, even after all his development in the last part of the film. A well-constructed, all-around solid film lacking in popcorn eating value and something the audiences probably remembered more for the weird pyrotecnics than anything else.
January 10, 2016
Slightly uneven but altogether wholesome, Terry Gilliam's scope and imagination manifests itself in his two leads with impressive care. The Fisher King does not hesitate to express its unique form and confidently hits every note it reaches. Wildly underrated movie and one of Williams' best works.
January 9, 2016
I had to see this a second game to truly appreciate. Well done...
December 13, 2015
The oddest, most screwball romantic drama with weird performances from Robin Williams as a psychotic homeless man and Jeff Bridges as a depressed radio talk show host.
December 6, 2015
Terry Gilliam solidifies his title as master of the avant garde with this tragicomedy. 'The Fisher King' makes great use of a phenomenal cast, Williams in particular, and showcases Gilliam's knack for impressive visuals.
½ October 23, 2015
It's strange to think that Gilliam didn't write this, because his style is absolutely perfect for it.
October 14, 2015
Familiar to anyone who has ever seen a Monty Python film, Terry Gilliam brings his trademark oddities to this otherwise very serious film. He seems an unusual choice for a movie tackling issues such as homelessness and deep-seated regret, but he pulls it off brilliantly. The Fisher King is a quirky and wild but also imaginative and touching story about friendship, redemption and true love. At times it seems as though the weirdness is all it's interested in, but when it needs to be it's as heart-warming and emotional as a film can be, and with stellar performances from the likes of Robin Williams and Jeff Bridges, what we get are likeable characters, funny moments, a romance that doesn't feel forced, contrived or out of place, and a movie that is instantly loved and not soon forgotten.
½ September 19, 2015
Not your standard love story this one. Great actors that deliver and a plot and execution that is very enjoyable.

Jeff Bridges as a radio DJ with some big problems starts to care for a homeless man (Robin Williams) that's also a total loon. The DJ is oozing of Howard Stern, by the way.
Their friendship is weird but great and the other people involved makes the story whole and very charming. Mercedes Ruehl as the lovely Anne is doing a remarkable job, earning her an Oscar for best supportive acctress. Cool to see Tom Waits in the film as well.

Gilliam is doing what he does best, mixing the weird with the relatable and here he really hits it of. It's a daring and different film, but it is likable for most audience. A nice, charming little film.

7.5 out of 10 dumplings.
August 30, 2015
While there are moments were the film drags a bit, The Fisher King is an endearing character piece about redemption that does benefits from Robin Williams and Jeff Bridges chemistry and director Terry Gilliam's loopy visual style.
August 20, 2015
This was actually my 1st time watching this modern classic. I really like both Williams & Bridges and Reuhl won an Oscar so not sure why it took me so long to get to it. All the performances are excellent, and excellent direction from Gilliam. Recommended!
August 18, 2015
Released in 1991, The Fisher King tells the story of Jack (Jeff Bridges), a shock jock whose life goes down the drain after he inadvertently causes a tragedy. Three years later, he lives above a video store in an alcoholic haze with his caring girlfriend (Mercedes Ruehl). After a heavy night of drinking, he stumbles upon a crazed homeless man named Parry (Robin Williams), who he finds out was directly a part of the tragedy that he had caused. After feeling the weight and the guilt of this, Jack sets out to help Parry in various ways, but most importantly to help win the heart of a shy and awkward young girl (Amanda Plummer). Meanwhile, Parry is chasing some demons of his own as he is at constant odds with his own mental instability. Although the film is severely dated in a lot of ways, there's no denying how good it is, even to this day. The relationships between the characters, the performances, and Gilliam's direction all combine to make a very sweet and moving film. Gilliam, who was known for his outrageous and unorthodox visual style, set his own aesthetics aside for almost the entirety of the production. The final product is a happy marriage of great talent behind and in front of the camera. I would go so far as to call it Gilliam's most accessible movie. It's certainly relatable across genders and isn't just a trip into wild and unsavory territory. At its heart, it's a love story, but it's also a story about redemption, and Williams' performance helps seal the deal almost more than any other actor in the film.
August 16, 2015
When I saw Grand Central Station, I wish that the crowd had spontaneously waltzed
½ August 13, 2015
This movie is beautifully acted by Jeff Bridges, Mercedes Reuhl and especially Robin Williams AND Amanda Plummer. The Chinese Restaurant scene is my favorite. And the surprise hum-dinger is Michael Jeter in drag singing Gypsy in a candy gram.
July 10, 2015
Life can throw anything at you, it's up to you to decide how you deal with it, like life The Fisher King lacks any real direction and is oddly paced, but it is saved by its huge heart from the irrepressible Robin Williams.
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