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Tideland Reviews

May 13, 2009
Read More | Original Score: 1/5
November 3, 2006
Honest, unflinching and worthy of reappraisal.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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
October 27, 2006
Pointless and an excruciating bore.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
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
October 26, 2006
Becomes an excruciating exercise in gothic excess and progressively more disgusting imagery.
October 20, 2006
A triumph of costuming and production design over plot, theme and main characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
October 20, 2006
The film drags in the middle and feels excruciatingly slow and repetitive in the final stretch.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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
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.
October 19, 2006
It's crazy, dangerous and sometimes gorgeous: a feast of nuttiness that takes you, for a while, over the edge.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
October 17, 2006
I came very close to walking out of the screening room. And I never do that.
October 13, 2006
The film has nary a gram of human reality or compassion anywhere in it.
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.
Read More | Original Score: C+
October 13, 2006
An endless, pointless drone with characters like bacteria and dialogue like an untuned radio.
Read More | Original Score: 0/4
October 13, 2006
Ugly and misjudged.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
October 13, 2006
A murky swamp of a movie.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
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
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.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
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.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/5
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
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
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.
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.
September 20, 2005
Tideland sees the fanciful helmer overindulging his dark side with a slice of Gothic nastiness.
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.