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The Zero Theorem Reviews

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Jason Bailey
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.
Ethan Vestby
The Film Stage
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.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Rob Gonsalves
July 14, 2015
Little of this has any dramatic interest; it's full of bits of sour whimsy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Rob Lowman
Los Angeles Daily News
February 3, 2015
Qohen and Bainsley are quirkily interesting though being little more than cyphers. And as in any Gilliam picture, there are some crazy flights of fancy, but this one is never grounded enough to come alive.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
John Wirt
Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
December 29, 2014
Produced quickly on a slight budget, 'The Zero Theorem' devolves into a dead end that asks that old question: Is that all there is?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
November 17, 2014
Gilliam is reworking past preoccupations and the romance is pretty stale, but the mix of elements in this pop-eyed, Euro-corporate world keeps the film engaging. What also sustains The Zero Theorem is its lingering on solitude.
Todd Jorgenson
October 31, 2014
Waltz is compelling as always, yet it's unclear just what the filmmaker is trying to say, as his existential message gets lost in this uneven exercise in style over substance.
Robert Denerstein
Movie Habit
October 12, 2014
Creativity and chaos abound in Gilliam's Latest
James Verniere
Boston Herald
October 10, 2014
To say that Gilliam has repeated himself is to say that John Ford made Westerns.
Full Review | Original Score: A minus
Graham Young
Birmingham Mail
October 10, 2014
Gilliam's spellbinding vision is a chaotic, poverty-and-wealth mixture of retro, futuristic, comic book, James Bond and the original Total Recall [but] the film lacks an emotional tangent to pull in the mainstream.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
October 9, 2014
Say this for Terry Gilliam: Even when he repeats himself, he's unique.
Susan Granger
SSG Syndicate
October 5, 2014
Facetious and fanciful, yet beneath its superficial complexity, it's just Steampunk eye-candy.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Betty Jo Tucker
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
September 26, 2014
Crazy, colorful costumes and art direction plus some exciting special effects make a few scenes notable, but too much of the movie seems repetitive and ultra-confusing.
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John Anderson
September 25, 2014
Gives one the sense that the ex-Monty Python-ite thinks he's at a filmmaker version of the Last Chance Saloon, manufacturing and recycling as fast as he can.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Duane Dudek
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
September 25, 2014
It is another flawed and meandering mini-masterpiece from a visionary filmmaker whose febrile and fertile imagination never met a narrative it can't mangle into incoherence.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Barbara VanDenburgh
Arizona Republic
September 25, 2014
It's bursting with Gilliam's trademark manic energy, but the focus and execution are so soft that that energy ends up derailing the film instead of invigorating it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Wesley Morris
September 24, 2014
The culture's caught up to Gilliam. Everybody's doing Orwell now. But Gilliam's appropriation feels both aptly skeptical and unfashionably utopian.
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
September 22, 2014
There is something so generous and so full-hearted in this profusion that to complain seems churlish, but "The Zero Theorem" has a bothersome ratio of misses to hits.
Andy Crump
Movie Mezzanine
September 21, 2014
The journey Gilliam takes us on is worthier than the destination, but let's hope he's merely musing over the direction we're heading in rather than predicting it.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Common Sense Media
September 19, 2014
It's a dense film, layered with ideas and themes, many that require pondering or perhaps a second viewing. Though it comes close in many ways to Gilliam's masterpiece Brazil (1985), ultimately it finds its own path.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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