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Reviews: The Zero Theorem (2014)

zero_theoremReviews for this film from our members:

  • Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire
    • Excerpt: While it doesn’t match his previous masterpieces, ‘The Zero Theorem’ frequently manages to recapture the anti-authoritarian spirit and whirling dervish quality of his best work.
  • Nicholas Bell @
    • Excerpt: The future as a neon infused Grey Gardens styled dilapidation comprises the feel of The Zero Theorem, a film that hopefully anticipates the hope of an even greater return for Terry Gilliam.
  • Andy Crump @ Movie Mezzanine
    • Excerpt: The journey Gilliam takes us on is worthier than the destination, but let’s hope he’s merely musing over the direction we’re heading in rather than predicting it.
  • Susan Granger @
    • Excerpt: Facetious and fanciful, yet beneath its superficial complexity, it’s just Steampunk eye-candy.
  • Vadym Grygoriev @ [Ukrainian]
  • Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews
    • Excerpt: The Zero Theorem is a thoroughly uninvolving exercise in abstract thought, and it’s not even a very interesting one at that.
  • Blake Howard @ Graffiti With Punctuation
    • Excerpt: The Zero Theorem is a Gilliam carnival riding the vortex into oblivion and it’s weirdly enjoyable.
  • Dustin Jansick @ Way Too Indie
    • Excerpt: Stumbles not for a lack of ambition, but a misfire of good ideas that are ultimately stretched too thin.
  • James Kendrick @ The QNetwork
    • Excerpt: Waltz twitches nervously and holds his body in such a way that suggests he is literally trying to draw up inside himself, and despite the numerous obstacles to identification, he comes across as strangely sympathetic.
  • Daniel Lackey @ The Nightmare Gallery
    • Excerpt: Has Terry Gilliam run out of things to say? Has he started generating his own fanfic? Does it matter?
  • Matthew McKernan @ FilmWhinge
    • Excerpt: The overall effect of The Zero Theorem is the feeling that something out of the ordinary has just been seen and that it might require some work, and possibly a liberal dose of one’s own creativity, to satisfactorily decode, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing.
  • Simon Miraudo @ Quickflix
  • Darren Mooney @ the m0vie blog
    • Excerpt: It all adds up to nothing…
  • João Pinto @ Portal Cinema [Portuguese]
  • Kristy Puchko @ Cinema Blend
    • Excerpt: Ignited by performers clearly giddy to play in Gilliam’s sandbox, The Zero Theorem is electric, full of thought-provoking concepts and dazzling imagery. At its core is a story that’s bittersweet yet boldly funny.
  • [New – 1/22/15] | Francis Rizzo III @ DVDTalk
    • Excerpt: Trademark Terry Gilliam film is a beautiful, divisive display of philosophy.
  • Craig Skinner @ Film Divider
  • Cole Smithey @
    • Excerpt: Terry Gilliam’s further slide down the stairs of filmic entropy is best summed up in an oft-repeated phrase by his latest film’s hypochondriac protagonist Qohen Leth, “Q” for short. “We are dying.”
  • Betty Jo Tucker @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews
  • Andrew Wyatt @ St. Louis Magazine
    • Excerpt: Gilliam’s latest work returns the filmmaker to a genre that suits his strengths: coal-black humor, brassy cultural criticism, and inimitable near-future design.
Updated: July 7, 2015 — 7:30 pm

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