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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
October 12, 2014
Creativity and chaos abound in Gilliam's Latest
October 5, 2014
Facetious and fanciful, yet beneath its superficial complexity, it's just Steampunk eye-candy.
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.
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.
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