The Zero Theorem Reviews

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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.
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.
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 21, 2018
Christoph Waltz gives an immersive performance.
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.
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.
October 10, 2014
To say that Gilliam has repeated himself is to say that John Ford made Westerns.
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.
October 9, 2014
Say this for Terry Gilliam: Even when he repeats himself, he's unique.
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.
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.
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.
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.
September 19, 2014
Gilliam has built up considerable goodwill over the years, and he's got a solid cast to show for it here, though most of them are barely recognizable. Waltz wears a bald cap.
September 19, 2014
Dense with existential quandaries to explore through repeat viewings, The Zero Theorem is as harrowing as it is tragic. It's one of Gilliam's best.
September 19, 2014
It's bonkers and brilliant, folding in pop culture icons with classical influences.
September 19, 2014
I'm content to conclude that chaos and provocation are Gilliam's goals.
September 18, 2014
This isn't Gilliam reclaiming what's been lost throughout the years, but it's refreshing to encounter one of his features and not wish to be somewhere else enjoying the afternoon.
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