The Man Who Killed Don Quixote

2018, Comedy/Adventure, 2h 13m

125 Reviews 250+ Ratings

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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. Read critic reviews

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A disillusioned advertising executive is pulled into a time-jumping fantasy when he is mistaken for Sancho Panza.

Cast & Crew

Jason Watkins
Rupert
Sergi López
Barbero
Jordi Mollà
Alexei Miiskin
Terry Gilliam
Screenwriter
Tony Grisoni
Screenwriter
Giorgia Lo Savio
Executive Producer
Javier López Blanco
Executive Producer
Jeremy Thomas
Executive Producer
Alessandra Lo Savio
Executive Producer
François Touwaide
Executive Producer
Peter Watson
Executive Producer
Nicola Pecorini
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Teresa Font
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Lesley Walker
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Roque Baños
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All Critics (125) | Top Critics (35) | Fresh (81) | Rotten (44)

  • It has a scrappy, indie feel that I like...not for everyone...but an honest and compassionate account, the pain and the ecstasy of the creative process...

    February 12, 2020 | Full Review…
  • It'd be easy to map Gilliam on to Grisoni, a film-maker dogged by his artistic misfires and the mess left in their wake. Really, though, he's Quixote, stuck in a noble past and wilfully disconnected from a present that jostles uncomfortably close.

    February 2, 2020 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • A staggering misfire that's both unambitious and bloated.

    January 31, 2020 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • It's a messy, unfocused film that seems so in awe of its own existence that it can't quite summon the energy to tell a worthwhile story.

    January 30, 2020 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Neither a splendid phoenix from the ashes nor a complete failure, The Man Who Killed Don Quixote is erratic, occasionally inspired, occasionally dull, but shot through with a grandiose sense of ambition.

    January 27, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • The melancholy is the saving grace, one man out of time immortalising another. Gilliam refrains from explicit meta, but winks over the fourth wall.

    January 22, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • It has a scrappy, indie feel that I like...not for everyone...but an honest and compassionate account, the pain and the ecstasy of the creative process...

    February 12, 2020 | Full Review…
  • It'd be easy to map Gilliam on to Grisoni, a film-maker dogged by his artistic misfires and the mess left in their wake. Really, though, he's Quixote, stuck in a noble past and wilfully disconnected from a present that jostles uncomfortably close.

    February 2, 2020 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • A staggering misfire that's both unambitious and bloated.

    January 31, 2020 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • It's a messy, unfocused film that seems so in awe of its own existence that it can't quite summon the energy to tell a worthwhile story.

    January 30, 2020 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • There are... common points between Quixote and Gilliam, which go beyond fighting against windmills. The delusions of grandeur and the romantic feeling of justice in the former will have seduced the latter. [Full review in Spanish]

    June 7, 2021 | Full Review…
  • Terry Gilliam's barmy, baroque fever dream is the best version we could have hoped for...After three decades of delays, it's a miracle this bonkers epic ever got made.

    April 23, 2021 | Rating: 3/5 | 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.
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