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Tideland Reviews

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Luke Goodsell
Empire Magazine Australasia
November 16, 2012
Surreal, inspired cinema from Gilliam that refuses to sugar-coat the dark imagination of children.
| Original Score: 4/5
June 9, 2010
...in the midst of all the perverse chaos, a story emerges that is easily the most tender and even sentimental in all of Gilliam's work.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
April 24, 2009
It seems, from the flat-out filmic disaster of "Tideland," that director Terry Gilliam is intent on ensuring a decisive end to his checkered filmmaking career.
Full Review | Original Score: F
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound
July 14, 2007
Now, I like pushing boundaries as much as the next guy. When it's done well, as in say Todd Solondz' wonderfully dark Happiness, it can be searingly challenging. But in the case of Tideland it's just uncomfortable to watch.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
April 21, 2007
Terry Gilliam has again stretched his craft to fashion a work of tragedy-tinged fantasy that uses the full range of dark movie making tools to great effect.
Jette Kernion
Cinematical
April 8, 2007
Gilliam appears to be trying to throw us all off-guard, to make the theatergoing experience unpleasant. But in its own unlovable way, the movie is an unforgettable experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Scott Weinberg
DVD Clinic
April 3, 2007
Gilliam's weirdest -- and most disappointing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews
April 1, 2007
film stands as a metaphor testifying for the basic resiliency of the human spirit
Full Review | Original Score: B
Doris Toumarkine
Film Journal International
March 1, 2007
Terry Gilliam doesn't need another failure, but here it is.
Jeremiah Kipp
Slant Magazine
February 27, 2007
This two-disc set is sure to keep Gilliam's few Tideland fans buzzing for some time.
Kam Williams
BlackFilm.com
February 22, 2007
This macabre fairy tale, a bizarre blend of surrealism and eccentricities, might be best described as a kinky cross of Psycho and Alice in Wonderland.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
January 26, 2007
Never quite coheres . . . But Gilliam has still made an admirable--and, at times, daring--oddity . . . disturbingly different from most celluloid childhoods.
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
January 26, 2007
However misguided and off-the-mark Tideland may be, you can't say that it lacks artistic merit.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
December 15, 2006
This is supposed to be a comedy, but it's not easy to laugh at the dire situation that surrounds this innocent girl.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
December 12, 2006
As unwatchable as a train wreck.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
November 16, 2006
"Tideland" is frustrating for the way it refuses to coalesce. You watch the film feeling abused and exploited, never knowing whether there's a bottom to this rabbit hole.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Beth Accomando
KPBS.org
November 12, 2006
Tideland is flawed but it's still a must-see for anyone who considers themselves a fan of Gilliam.
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Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times
November 3, 2006
Honest, unflinching and worthy of reappraisal.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Bill White
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
November 2, 2006
When the little girl tells her decapititated doll, 'It's not just a bad dream,' she is right. It's just a bad movie.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Top Critic
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
November 2, 2006
The literal train wreck that caps the film is an apt metaphor for this hallucinatory fiasco.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
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