'The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus' Critic Reviews

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MovieWeb:   8 reviews
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Rotten Tomatoes:   191 reviews
  • Nick Curtis This is London
    60
    A triumph. That Dr Parnassus was finished at all following the death mid-shoot of its star Heath Ledger is impressive. That it hangs together as a striking work of fantasy is truly remarkable.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Olly Richards Empire Magazine
    80
    There are thrilling flashes of Gilliam getting back to top form here. A scrappy movie with more ideas than it can control, but one born out of a passion and determination that are wholly infectious.
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  • Nick Hasted Uncut Magazine [UK]
    60
    A cheerily irreverent memorial to Ledger. Ledger, meanwhile, immerses himself enthusiastically into the low-budget spirit of Gilliam's film.
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  • Sun Online
    60
    This surreal universe is the highlight of Terry Gilliam's film, showing that the former Monty Python has not lost his ability to astound audiences with visual wit.
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  • Richard Edwards SFX Magazine
    80
    A film that's laugh-out-loud funny, occasionally touching and often borders on coherent -- a rarity for Gilliam, even when he's on top form...
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  • Patrick Kolan IGN Movies AU
    30
    Doctor Parnassus parallels Terry Gilliam and his most recent work: many complex ideas, grand intentions and miserable luck leading him down a path to nowhere, forcing him to start over with nothing one more time.
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  • Scott Weinberg Cinematical
    90
    If you've seen how imaginative Terry Gilliam can be with "practical" effects, then you'll probably be dazzled by Imaginarium's finest moments.
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  • Barbara Goslawski Boxoffice Magazine
    80
    Every favorite Gilliam device and trope is employed here to breathtaking effect.
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  • Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com
    50
    Despite the heroic efforts to save the troubled production due to Heath Ledger's death, it's a disappointing film, one that displays Gilliam's favorite themes but suffers from problems plaguing most of his work.
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  • Sukhdev Sandhu Daily Telegraph
    60
    It's a hyper-active, endlessly mutating cavalcade of colour, noise and surrealistic eccentricity.
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  • BBC
    There's no doubt that the imaginary world [Gilliam has] created is awe-inspiring, but it's ultimately designed for an art house audience.
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  • Charles Gant Independent
    40
    Ledger's performance provides an adequate swansong for loyal fans on pilgrimages to the multiplexes this autumn. But many will exit scratching their heads.
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  • Allan Hunter Screen International
    To anyone not sympathetic to Gilliam's flights of fantasy, Parnassus will reek of rambling self-indulgence but fans will welcome it as a return to what he does best.
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  • James Christopher Times [UK]
    40
    The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus is a film with a huge heart and a dazzling eye, but it does little for the very thing it is trying to celebrate: the imagination.
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  • Chris Tilly IGN Movies UK
    40
    With clumsy dialogue, poor plotting and some downright terrible performances, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus is a huge disappointment for any fan of Terry Gilliam's work.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Total Film
    For the most part Gilliam has toned down the aggressive darkness of his last film, Tideland, pitching at the broader audience he reached for with Baron Munchausen and Brothers Grimm.
    Full Review » 5 years ago