Tideland Reviews

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October 20, 2006
A triumph of costuming and production design over plot, theme and main characters.
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.
October 20, 2006
The film drags in the middle and feels excruciatingly slow and repetitive in the final stretch.
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.
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.
October 17, 2006
I came very close to walking out of the screening room. And I never do that.
October 15, 2006
Appropriately, Tideland ends with a train wreck.
October 14, 2006
A cinematic suicide note.
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.
October 13, 2006
An endless, pointless drone with characters like bacteria and dialogue like an untuned radio.
October 13, 2006
There's no cinematic Wonderland awaiting the unfortunate moviegoer who follows Terry Gilliam down the rabbit hole into the drearily awful Tideland.
October 13, 2006
Ugly and misjudged.
October 13, 2006
A murky swamp of a movie.
October 13, 2006
October 12, 2006
if there was ever a film to end a career, Tideland is it.
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.
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.
October 12, 2006
This time [Gilliam] has stumbled into a different no-manâ(TM)s land, the one between the merely bad and the completely indefensible.
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.
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