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Lost in La Mancha Reviews

May 23, 2003
Wondrous document of a film gone wrong and an artist who inspires fans, cast and crew, even as he terrifies financiers, insurers and anyone more firmly footed in filmmaking reality.
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
May 2, 2003
A fascinating record of how the movie fell apart, piece by piece, with everything short of a natural disaster conspiring against the filmmaker.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
May 1, 2003
A fascinating study in the cinematic arts, as we watch a talented director and a committed crew and cast thwarted by nature, human failings and just plain bad luck.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
March 21, 2003
Gilliam himself is a joy to behold. His wit stays sharp even as his fortunes dull, and the conditions that conspire against him only prove the mettle in our man of La Mancha.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 6, 2003
Should be required viewing for all film-school students, aspiring filmmakers and studio suits.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
February 27, 2003
Bitterly funny and oddly poignant.
Read More | Original Score: B+
February 24, 2003
One hopes that some day Gilliam gets to realize his dream, but in the meantime, in Lost In La Mancha, the shards of that dream offer tantalizing -- and tear-inducing -- glimpses of what might have been.
February 22, 2003
I'd like Lost in La Mancha more if it didn't take the easy but misleading route of dovetailing Gilliam's frustrations into Welles's, and then dovetailing both into Quixote's.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
February 21, 2003
A fascinating chronicle of bad luck, bad faith and bad weather all striking on the same day.
February 21, 2003
It's disconcerting to recommend this movie for its entertainment value, but highly watchable it is.
February 20, 2003
Entertaining documentary about how badly everything went.
Read More | Original Score: A
February 15, 2003
A fascinating glimpse at the fragile ecosystem of a movie shoot, but I'm bound to say that I don't share its view of Gilliam.
February 14, 2003
Some films end with a whimper; this one banged into a stone wall.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 14, 2003
[Works best] as an entry in the genre of Hollywood schadenfreude pioneered by the 1991 Apocalypse Now documentary Hearts of Darkness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 13, 2003
You can interpret Lost in La Mancha as a sort of triumph of the creative spirit.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
February 7, 2003
Does exactly what it sets out to do, describing the picture Gilliam was hoping to make and showing just how wrong it went. But it's also an elegy for every doomed picture that was never made.
February 6, 2003
The filmmakers, Louis Pepe and Keith Fulton, get perilously close to the glitches and backbiting, the mad logistical frustrations that derailed Gilliam's Quixote.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
February 3, 2003
[W]onderful look at how movies are made or how movies fall apart.
January 31, 2003
Captures one of the wildest, most heartbreaking episodes in Gilliam's career.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 31, 2003
Fulton and Pepe have created an extraordinary document.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
January 31, 2003
Unfortunately, Keith Fulton and Louis Pepe have made rather underwhelming work of Gilliam's overwhelming problems.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
January 31, 2003
When Gilliam is finally forced to admit defeat, it is nothing short of heartbreaking -- for audiences, too, as the few shots that made it into the can hold such promise.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
January 30, 2003
Lost may not be a great piece of filmmaking, but it is a great story; its directors display dramatic intelligence.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
January 30, 2003
Records an accident while it's happening, revealing a situation that makes you laugh again and again while weeping, metaphorically at least, for the sheer frustration of it all.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
January 30, 2003
Too bad for Gilliam and everyone involved, but in the departments of spectacle and schadenfreude, great fun for us.
January 28, 2003
Neither inspires us to pine for what might've been nor makes Gilliam-style filmmaking seem like a noble pursuit.