The Man Who Killed Don Quixote

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The Man Who Killed Don Quixote may not live up to long-gestating expectations, but it bears enough of director Terry Gilliam's signature creative stamp to satisfy fans.



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Toby (Adam Driver), a cynical advertising director, finds himself trapped in the outrageous delusions of an old Spanish shoe-maker (Jonathan Pryce) who believes himself to be Don Quixote. In the course of their comic and increasingly surreal adventures, Toby is forced to confront the tragic repercussions of a film he made in his idealistic youth -- a film that changed the hopes and dreams of a small Spanish village forever. Can Toby make amends and regain his humanity? Can Don Quixote survive his madness and imminent death? Or will love conquer all?

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Critic Reviews for The Man Who Killed Don Quixote

All Critics (98) | Top Critics (19)

  • "The end result is messy, ragged, uneven, all over the place. But it's also the single best Gilliam film to hit theaters in 20 years."

    May 10, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • To anyone who has followed the parabolic arcs of Gilliam's career, it's a fascinating text; to the more casual viewer, it might come off only as a meandering mess.

    Apr 19, 2019 | Full Review…
  • The story doesn't follow Cervantes in every detail, but there is no mistaking Gilliam's deep appreciation of the book. "The Man Who Killed Don Quixote" works best as an exuberant, not always disciplined work of critical appropriation.

    Apr 18, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Don Quixote turns out to be a pretty typical Gilliam film: whimsically daffy, frantically overstuffed, and art-directed to within in an inch of its life. It's often transporting, but even more often exhausting.

    Apr 11, 2019 | Rating: C | Full Review…
  • Adam Driver brings a Nicolas Cage-esque zeal to his terrifically loony performance as Toby.

    Apr 11, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Witty, goofy, and glorious, The Man Who Killed Don Quixote is Terry Gilliam's best film in two decades.

    Apr 10, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Man Who Killed Don Quixote

  • Jun 06, 2019
    Given the whole sorted history, its remarkable this thing got made. Unfortunately the final product is a huge mess. This might have been solved by trimming the film but I suspect the length is there to hide the fact that the movie has very little to say. That being said Adam Driver gives a performance that is just so damn good. I wish it was in a better movie.
    Alec B Super Reviewer

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