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Tideland Reviews

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
May 13, 2009
| Original Score: 1/5
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Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times
November 3, 2006
Honest, unflinching and worthy of reappraisal.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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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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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.
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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
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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
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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.
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
October 13, 2006
The film has nary a gram of human reality or compassion anywhere in it.
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Noel Murray
AV Club
October 13, 2006
The movie is brave, strong, deeply felt, and frequently brilliant, and it does exactly what it sets out to do. But what it sets out to do is distressingly unpleasant.
| Original Score: C+
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
October 13, 2006
An endless, pointless drone with characters like bacteria and dialogue like an untuned radio.
| Original Score: 0/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
October 13, 2006
Ugly and misjudged.
| Original Score: 1/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
October 13, 2006
A murky swamp of a movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
October 12, 2006
Despite a few psychologically insightful touches about how children learn to survive misery, Tideland is borderline unwatchable, although, as is true of all Gilliam movies, it certainly is different.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
October 12, 2006
Gilliam drains any remaining signs of life and humanity from his adult characters, underscoring their grotesqueness with expressionistic camera work and shock-tactic effects.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
October 12, 2006
This time [Gilliam] has stumbled into a different no-manā(TM)s land, the one between the merely bad and the completely indefensible.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
October 11, 2006
What we get, sadly, is easily the worst production Gilliam has ever been involved in, either behind the camera or in front of it. Tideland is, by turns, a complete bore and a creepy experience. And I don't mean 'creepy' in a positive sense.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
October 11, 2006
The movie dies early on, but it keeps hanging around, looking a little more rotten with each new scene.
Full Review | Original Score: F
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
October 10, 2006
Gilliam has suffered more than his share of butchered projects, but with this exercise in kamikaze auteurism, he appears to have made exactly the mess he wanted.
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Jessica Winter
Time Out
September 23, 2006
Gilliam's brash disregard for conventional narrative rhythms and structures is one of the many thrills of his best work, but here his freewheeling navigations veer so far off-road that the passenger is left exhausted and bewildered.
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Leslie Felperin
Variety
September 20, 2005
Tideland sees the fanciful helmer overindulging his dark side with a slice of Gothic nastiness.
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
September 20, 2005
A misconceived washout of a darkly gothic story of madness, addiction and child abuse made all the more unpleasant by Gilliam's trademark intense visual style.