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Tideland Reviews

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Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
November 2, 2006
Well, I'm Chris Hewitt, and I have a confession to make: I hated this film.
| Original Score: 0/4
Andrew Wright
The Stranger (Seattle, WA)
November 1, 2006
Horrendous and terrible and borderline unwatchable -- the most depressing film by a major filmmaker in recent memory.
Josh Rosenblatt
Austin Chronicle
October 30, 2006
Ugly, disturbing, and misguided mess.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
October 27, 2006
Perhaps once we leave these squeamish times, Tideland will emerge like one of Welles' later films as a misunderstood classic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
October 27, 2006
Pointless and an excruciating bore.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
October 27, 2006
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
October 26, 2006
Becomes an excruciating exercise in gothic excess and progressively more disgusting imagery.
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
October 26, 2006
When Jeliza-Rose announces in the first scene, 'Today, we're all going on a great trip!', know that it's to the center of an emotional black hole.
| Original Score: 2/4
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
October 23, 2006
A diary of pain and a chronicle of the armour of mythology an imaginative mind expels to salve it away.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Susan Walker
Toronto Star
October 20, 2006
A triumph of costuming and production design over plot, theme and main characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Bob Strauss
Los Angeles Daily News
October 20, 2006
It's yet another example of the undeniably imaginative filmmaker (Time Bandits, Brazil, 12 Monkeys) frittering away a movie with ugly visuals and even more unpleasant behavior.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Jennie Punter
Globe and Mail
October 20, 2006
The film drags in the middle and feels excruciatingly slow and repetitive in the final stretch.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Sam Adams
Los Angeles Times
October 19, 2006
Tideland's unmodulated frenzy has the effect of a prolonged shriek, too high and shrill for individual words to make themselves heard.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Tom Charity
L.A. Weekly
October 19, 2006
Not for the faint-hearted, to be sure, yet amid the swaying chaff there are moments of piercing grace and beauty when we're reminded of the lost, lonely child at the heart of this tale.
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
October 19, 2006
It's crazy, dangerous and sometimes gorgeous: a feast of nuttiness that takes you, for a while, over the edge.
| Original Score: 3/4
Brett Buckalew
October 18, 2006
Terry Gilliam's first collaboration with Jeff Bridges yielded The Fisher King. This time around, it amounts to something a whole lot fishier.
Scott Collura
IGN Movies
October 17, 2006
Tideland is Gilliam unrestrained to be sure, and the result is a picture that has no chance at commercial success whatsoever %u2014 but a great shot at upsetting many a right-wing politico at the very least.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
October 17, 2006
I came very close to walking out of the screening room. And I never do that.
Peter Sobczynski
October 16, 2006
Part Lewis Carroll, part Alfred Hitchcock, part Andrew Wyeth, part Terrence Malick and all Terry Gilliam, it is a unique and personal vision that, like it or not, will stick in your mind for a long time after you see it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
John P. McCarthy
Boxoffice Magazine
October 15, 2006
Appropriately, Tideland ends with a train wreck.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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