Critics Consensus

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



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A young girl named Jeliza-Rose is transported to her grandparents' farm following her mother's drug overdose. Once there, she embarks on a fantastic voyage into a world of bog men and disembodied Barbie heads.


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Critic Reviews for Tideland

All Critics (78) | Top Critics (27) | Fresh (24) | Rotten (54)

  • Honest, unflinching and worthy of reappraisal.

    Nov 3, 2006 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Pointless and an excruciating bore.

    Oct 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.

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

    Ty Burr

    Boston Globe
    Top Critic
  • Becomes an excruciating exercise in gothic excess and progressively more disgusting imagery.

    Oct 26, 2006 | Full Review…
  • A triumph of costuming and production design over plot, theme and main characters.

    Oct 20, 2006 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…
  • The film drags in the middle and feels excruciatingly slow and repetitive in the final stretch.

    Oct 20, 2006 | Rating: 2/4

Audience Reviews for Tideland

  • 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
    Sanity Assassin ! Super Reviewer
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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.
    The S Super Reviewer
  • 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.
    Conner R Super Reviewer

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