The Zero Theorem Reviews

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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?
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 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 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.
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.
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 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.
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 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.
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
This "Theorem" is all sizzle, zero steak.
September 19, 2014
Every character in this movie remains stubbornly and elusively abstract. We know what everybody stands for, but we never really know them.
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.
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