The Zero Theorem Reviews

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October 12, 2020
Terry Gilliam descends into near self-parody with this mess of a would-be philosophical mind-frak...
July 17, 2020
Because The Zero Theorem so closely resembles Gilliam's prior films ... it's hard to see it as a singular piece without acknowledging that he's already done this before, and done it better.
February 13, 2020
THE ZERO THEOREM is far from adding up to nothing. But the underlying message feels both contemporary and passé, and for a Gilliam film it feels oddly prosaic.
September 5, 2019
The future as a neon infused Grey Gardens styled dilapidation comprises the feel of The Zero Theorem, a film that hopefully anticipates the hope of an even greater return for Terry Gilliam.
August 19, 2019
One for something and all for nothing.
July 19, 2019
Amidst the jam-packed set design and nonstop blather about black holes and "the neural net" lies a lot of half-formed existential riddles. Unfortunately, it's all a sleight-of-hand prelude for Gilliam to devolve into incoherent chaos in the home stretch.
July 5, 2019
Reaches for the depths of 2001 but has all the grace of Battlefield Earth.
June 17, 2019
Its ideas are fascinating and the cast have a great chemistry, but the script is not sharp enough to match Twelve Monkeys or Brazil.
March 8, 2019
With the resolute importance of Brazil's world eclipsing his vision, Gilliam has again failed to escape from his own allegorical fantasies. Don't call it a comeback.
December 11, 2018
This film struggles tonally to find equilibrium between broad satire and intimate revelation.
August 28, 2018
Clever and playful and dark, it skips from notion to visual gag and back again so quickly that not all of its thoughts have a chance to gel.
August 22, 2018
It's a satire that's not sharp enough, an allegory that's not powerful enough, and it's all wrapped up in a garish dystopian bundle with nothing to say that hasn't been said before.
August 21, 2018
Christoph Waltz gives an immersive performance.
May 25, 2018
It's a compelling vision, but the movie never quite lives up to its own designs.
August 21, 2017
When The Zero Theorem wants to have fun, it succeeds, but when it tries to drop knowledge, it fails.
March 16, 2017
For a film about connections, Gilliam makes it too hard for his audience to connect.
October 12, 2016
Although dystopian futures have hit the film franchise fast track these days, director Terry Gilliam has been portending a miserable, unjust future since 1985 -- and with biting humor and a bizarrely colorful style.
June 18, 2016
While it doesn't match his previous masterpieces, it frequently manages to recapture the anti-authoritarian spirit and whirling dervish quality of his best work.
March 26, 2016
The ultimate irony of this film is that it revolves around the old thematic chestnut of pointless existence, yet ultimately finds little reason for its own.
July 14, 2015
Little of this has any dramatic interest; it's full of bits of sour whimsy.
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