The Zero Theorem Reviews

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September 18, 2014
Maybe "The Zero Theorem" doesn't add up to much on paper, but, particularly for Gilliam fans, it's infinitely watchable.
September 18, 2014
A noisy, hyperkinetic, visually gorgeous spectacle that tackles the mother of all big questions - the meaning of life - Terry Gilliam's latest is sometimes frustrating and occasionally outright goofy, but it's never dull.
September 18, 2014
If you're inclined to fall into Terry Gilliam's heady fantasias, this eye-catching entry won't disappoint. But the movie may leave a feeling of vague dissatisfaction.
September 18, 2014
The sort of Gilliam ideas that at one time were perceived as fanciful or witty are now the horror outside your front door or inside your computer monitor.
September 18, 2014
The Zero Theorem is at its best when it's slyly comedic, mixing clever visual gags with its mysterious plot. When it pushes things, the tone becomes unstable, and the philosophical content falls short.
September 18, 2014
Gilliam loves cinematic chaos, and this is him at his most unhinged. The results are sometimes beautiful, always bewildering.
September 17, 2014
Shoestring Terry Gilliam is better than no Terry Gilliam at all... a buzzy, fuzzy-thinking world that doesn't ADD up until the luminous ending, which slowly, surely melts the narrative into a virtual-world sunset epiphany.
September 16, 2014
More semi-coherent eye candy from Terry Gilliam. Lovely, opaque.
September 15, 2014
The Zero Theorem is very much a Terry Gilliam film: fantastical, kooky, occasionally sloppy, but with a big brain and a beating heart. And like most of his work, it won't appeal to all, but its unmistakable passion makes it well worth the while.
September 15, 2014
Waltz twitches nervously and holds his body in such a way that suggests he is literally trying to draw up inside himself, and despite the numerous obstacles to identification, he comes across as strangely sympathetic.
September 12, 2014
Gilliam's penchant for overstimulation can numb your visual cortex, but Theorem is still the best thing he's pulled out of that bag in a while.
September 2, 2014
...wonders if we're headed toward a world in which efficiency is valued above all else - at the expense of relationships, art, even meaning.
August 26, 2014
Regardless of how Gilliam may have finessed the material, the finished film feels like a heavily edited Gilliam show-reel-not just like a director working in a signature style, but like a crazy-quilt sewn together from well-known fragments.
August 7, 2014
Gilliam's latest, with a script by first-time screenwriter Pat Rushin, may in fact be about an insane man in a differently insane reality. This makes it a difficult story to grasp, but a wild ride if you can manage to hold on.
August 1, 2014
At once cluttered and cavernous, hysterical and static, romantic and cynical, The Zero Theorem works most effectively moment by moment and in the details.
July 22, 2014
Not one of Terry Gilliam's better films, but his misfires are still nothing if not interesting. Waltz is excellent.
May 15, 2014
The Zero Theorem is a Gilliam carnival riding the vortex into oblivion and it's weirdly enjoyable.
May 13, 2014
It's extraordinary and funny.
May 13, 2014
As bold and intriguing as it is cluttered and confused. In the end, it contains just enough interesting elements to justify the cost of a ticket.
May 12, 2014
As narratively alienating as Gilliam's most abstract efforts, and a fitting companion to recent someday-satires Cosmopolis and Holy Motors.
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