The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus 2009

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus

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Terry Gilliam remains as indulgent as ever, but The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus represents a return to the intoxicatingly imaginative, darkly beautiful power of his earlier work, with fine performances to match all the visual spectacle.

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Dr. Parnassus (Christopher Plummer), the leader of a traveling show, has a dark secret. Thousands of years ago he traded the soul of his daughter, Valentina, to the devil. Now the devil has come to collect his prize. To save her, Parnassus must make a final wager: Whoever collects five souls first will win Valentina. Tony (Heath Ledger), a man saved from hanging by Parnassus' troupe, agrees to help collect them, with his eye on marrying Valentina.

Cast & Crew

Lily Cole
Valentina
Tom Waits
Mr. Nick
Johnny Depp
Imaginarium Tony 1
Jude Law
Imaginarium Tony 2
Colin Farrell
Imaginarium Tony 3
Peter Stormare
The President of the Universe
Terry Gilliam
Screenwriter
Charles McKeown
Screenwriter
David Valleau
Executive Producer
Victor Hadida
Executive Producer
Jeff Danna
Original Music
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Critic Reviews for The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus

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    November 18, 2011 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Hank Sartin

    Time Out
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  • The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus is one of those movies that, despite spectacular elements, doesn't add up to a spectacular film.

    May 6, 2011 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…
  • Terry Gilliam, the veteran film director who cut his teeth as the animation wizard of television's legendary Monty Python's Flying Circus, has flirted with genius throughout his career, and bedded her from time to time. In The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnas

    January 15, 2010 | Full Review…
  • Parnassus is fun to watch a good deal of the time, and Gilliam is almost always visually surprising, but Ledger could have used a more momentous send-off.

    January 8, 2010 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

    Tom Long

    Detroit News
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  • It teases with magnificently tantalizing moments that don't quite add up to one grand insight. Which, come to think of it, is an epiphany of its own peculiar sort.

    January 8, 2010 | Rating: 2.5/4
  • When it's all done we're left with another recent Gilliam trademark: the highly imaginative mess.

    January 8, 2010 | Rating: 3/5

Audience Reviews for The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus

  • Oct 24, 2017
    Terry Gilliam returns to the world building he has been relishing in since the 80s, you could feel a sense of genuine love from the filmmaker. My central issue is the story is a little messy and it undoes the conclusion of the film, a little more explanation couldn't have hurt the film. I have a feeling the film had to sustain a huge overhaul that was due to the death of Heath Ledger, it would have been nice to experience the true film and also another visit to the joker role. The film has a true visionary at the helm and I think further viewings will increase my opinion, like most of his films. I like true original stories and having this unique little film in the world isn't the worst thing. 23-10-2017.
    Brendan N Super Reviewer
  • Aug 19, 2016
    Weird, but nevertheless imaginative and fascinating
    Serge E Super Reviewer
  • Aug 02, 2014
    evocative of baron munchausen. all good if you like that sort of thing.
    Sanity Assassin ! Super Reviewer
  • Aug 30, 2013
    It took me time to watch this movie, for the first two times I almost found it boring already after 30 minutes, but it was worth to give a try for the 3rd time. Great Perfomance by Heath Ledger.
    NaWie M Super Reviewer

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