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Time Bandits Reviews

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Sean Axmaker
Parallax View
March 14, 2015
It's a strange and weird and wonderful mix of boy's own adventure, Python-esque humor, and grim irony, all wrapped in tall tales, ancient myths, and historical figures.
Dan Jardine
Cinemania
December 30, 2014
Gilliam opts for an acerbic and often nasty tone that risks offending the very audience at which it purported to be aimed.
Full Review | Original Score: 69/100
Tasha Robinson
The Dissolve
December 17, 2014
Time Bandits is one of Gilliam's more chaotic films, which is really saying something, but his six time-bandits fill the screen with fractious energy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Austin Trunick
Under the Radar
December 16, 2014
As an adventure tale to enjoy with your kids, you could do much worse than Time Bandits - you just can't expect the depth of Gilliam's more adult works.
Full Review | Original Score: 6.5/10
Tom Hutchinson
Radio Times
November 22, 2013
Ex-Python Gilliam is one of the great conjurers of cinema, and this film is proof of his ample and unpredictable talent.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Ralph Novak
People Magazine
November 22, 2013
This is an enterprising project in free-form cinema; it's just not very entertaining.

Total Film
December 7, 2012
Frequent bursts of twisted humour, several flashes of horror and a ton of first-class Brit cameos combine to ensure their movie never ages.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
December 26, 2011
An intoxicating dose of children's entertainment of the rarest and weirdest and most delirious kind.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Paul Trandahl
Common Sense Media
January 2, 2011
Fun fantasy has a bit of bite.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
September 23, 2010
Adults will get this movie, but kids won't.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
September 2, 2010
one of the greatest of children's fantasy movies
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
August 29, 2010
A smart and imaginative fantasy with appeal for the whole family is always cause for celebration...Time Bandits rivals Roald Dahl in its surrealism and satire. [Blu-ray]
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Ross Ruediger
Bullz-Eye.com
August 23, 2010
Time Bandits remains Fantasy 101, and a must-see for people who enjoy this kind of fare.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

Film4
March 19, 2008
It's a film for kids that adults really will enjoy. A feast for the eyes with great gags and an intelligent and well realised morality.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5

TV Guide
June 5, 2007
This film is unusually dark for a modern children's film. At times a grimly comic fairy tale, Time Bandits offers little reassurance. It's a tough world out there--even in our imaginative life. Perhaps that is why we need heroes so badly.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Variety Staff
Variety
June 5, 2007
When you can count the laughs in a comedy on the fingers of one hand, it isn't so funny.
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
June 5, 2007
The film is resolutely, passionately antiadult, yet much of the humor has an adult sophistication and edge to it; this is one kids' movie that doesn't condescend.
Steve Crum
Dispatch-Tribune Newspapers
November 17, 2006
Over praised but imaginative sci-fi/fantasy from Monty Python minds.
| Original Score: 3/5
Ian Freer
Empire Magazine
August 30, 2006
For a kids film this is pleasingly dark with Gilliam delivering as much classical fairy tale as knockabout comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Nigel Floyd
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Gilliam fills the screen with bizarre images, and directs with a breathless ingenuity.
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