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Tideland is a disturbing, and mostly unwatchable effort from Terry Gilliam. Read critic reviews

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Little Jeliza-Rose (Jodelle Ferland) has a very warped childhood. Her parents (Jeff Bridges, Jennifer Tilly) are both drug addicts, and one of her daily chores is to prepare their syringes. After her mother dies of an overdose, her father, Noah, takes her away to his childhood home, but his own mother has passed away and the house is decaying. Then Noah overdoses, and while his body rots in his chair, Jeliza-Rose meets a taxidermist and her unstable brother.

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Critic Reviews for Tideland

All Critics (77) | Top Critics (31) | Fresh (23) | Rotten (54)

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    May 13, 2009 | Rating: 1/5
  • This two-disc set is sure to keep Gilliam's few Tideland fans buzzing for some time.

    February 27, 2007 | Full Review…
  • Honest, unflinching and worthy of reappraisal.

    November 3, 2006 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Ugly, disturbing, and misguided mess.

    October 30, 2006 | Rating: 0.5/5 | Full Review…
  • Pointless and an excruciating bore.

    October 27, 2006 | Rating: 0/4 | Full Review…
  • The movie itself feels like an overstuffed burrito: Nicola Pecorini's cinematography has verve but no visual sense, and the film's self-important pace turns deadening over the long haul.

    October 27, 2006 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

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  • Apr 04, 2015
    a bit of a different approach from Gilliam who here creates a visceral & intently visual, uncompromising & intense experience without his usual props and more with what the camera can take in and what the actors can exude. Enjoyed janet mcteers witch like thespianism
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  • Jan 05, 2011
    A much better film than most reviewers would have you believe. There is horror and unpleasantness in abundance - yes - but focus on Terry Gilliam's own comment that this is a world viewed through a child's eyes - allow yourself to see through those eyes and all will become much clearer.
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  • Jul 01, 2010
    Such an odd and when deeply looked into, a very demented children's story. I don't think there's every going to be a movie again that uses a corpse like it was in this. Terry Gilliam's love for Alice in Wonderland type scenarios really comes through in this, probably the easiest to pick up on. It also reminded me of something by Steinbeck or Twain, mainly the setting and characters. Overall, if you're a fan of Terry Gilliam you'll probably love it. If not, you'll probably just watch it in awe of such madness.
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