A pinata of visual effects that Gilliam keeps smashing, with diminishing returns.
Owen Gleiberman - Entertainment Weekly
Despite a few early sparks of promise, The Brothers Grimm sputters and coughs along like an unoiled machine, grinding gears and nerves in equal measure.
Manohla Dargis - New York Times
Peter Bradshaw - Guardian [UK]
The best thing to be said about this expensive but drab wannabe mirthmaker is that it has some of its director's quirky touches.
Mike Clark - USA Today
Jammed with stuff and all but empty of drama.
Stephen Hunter - Washington Post
Maybe not terrible so much as terminally silly.
Michael O'Sullivan - Washington Post
An absurd mess that's more entertaining than it has any right to be.
Ty Burr - Boston Globe
If only summer movies were, as a matter of course, this inventive, this modest, this interested -- even derisively -- in cultural legacies, this faithful to concept and setting.
Michael Atkinson - Village Voice
Sometimes delightful, sometimes tedious, always creative.
Jami Bernard - New York Daily News
Those who adore Terry Gilliam for his taunting French soldiers in Monty Python and the Holy Grail or his weird subversiveness in Brazil may find The Brothers Grimm to be a fairy tale gone sour.
Bruce Westbrook - Houston Chronicle
A messy fairy tale riff that overcompensates for a less-than-enchanting story with frenetic busyness.
Chris Vognar - Dallas Morning News
It's worth watching even when it doesn't.
Michael Booth - Denver Post
The Brothers Grimm is a work of limitless invention, but it is invention without pattern, chasing itself around the screen without finding a plot.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
There is magic in The Brothers Grimm but it's hard to locate amid all the ... 'stuff,' I believe is the technical phrase.
Michael Phillips - Chicago Tribune
If The Brothers Grimm flies apart like a badly designed airplane (and it does), it still has more going for it than most of the movie fare this summer.
Steven Rea - Philadelphia Inquirer
Director Terry Gilliam's strong visual sense is ideally suited to this material, and he and his special-effects crew have cooked up some dandy images. Still, the moral of this story is that sometimes slick pictures alone aren't enough.
Jeff Strickler - Minneapolis Star Tribune
Terry Gilliam casts such a mad, magical spell over the proceedings that the film is endlessly energized and gleefully imaginative.
Tom Long - Detroit News
Fairy tales are all about feeding our imaginations, and Gilliam was only allowed to bring out the snack tray.
Bill Muller - Arizona Republic
Mr. Gilliam has no clear idea what he's doing, so the movie is nothing more than noise, costumes and disjointed special effects that do not make an acceptable substitute for the sense of tempo the rest of the film sorely lacks.
Rex Reed - New York Observer
Deeply lost in the woods.
Robert Koehler - Variety
This aimless epic about a pair of charlatan brothers sinks under the weight of a problematic script, questionable star casting, hamfisted editing -- and penny-pinching by Gilliam's latest patrons, the Brothers Weinstein.
Lou Lumenick - New York Post
Too violent for children and too inane for anybody else.
Roger Moore - Orlando Sentinel
The result is something that might best be called Monty Python and the Holy Mess.
Peter Howell - Toronto Star
[Gilliam's] two great successes -- Time Bandits and especially Brazil -- were dazzling enough that he's been struggling ever since to prove that his best work isn't behind him. On the evidence here, the struggle continues.
Rick Groen - Globe and Mail
Stephanie Zacharek - Salon.com
The Brothers Grimm has enough haunting, fairy-tale imagery for 10 movies, but no emotional kick to drive those images home.
David Edelstein - Slate
Hugely ambitious but often failing to live up to those ambitions.
Kirk Honeycutt - Hollywood Reporter
It's Gilliam's chance to run amok, and watching him do it is eye-popping fun.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
Although Gilliam has always had a taste for the outre, he has allowed it to get out of hand here and swallow the picture whole.
Kenneth Turan - Los Angeles Times
At times this fanciful romp lurches uneasily between violence, slapstick comedy and sublime escapism - in other words, it's pure Gilliam.
Luke Goodsell - Empire Magazine Australasia
Wide-eyed, messy, lustrous, rich with enchantment, both giddy and perverse
Fernando F. Croce - CinePassion
The only redeeming feature is the hope that [director Terry Gilliam's] salary from The Brothers Grimm,/i> will help him set up a good, old-fashioned Gilliam film, in the tradition of his excellent early work.
Steve Biodrowski - Cinefantastique
Jessica Winter - Time Out New York
The movie feels thoroughly like a project Gilliam did halfheartedly, just to stay in the game.
Rob Gonsalves - eFilmCritic.com
A disjointed, ear-splitting, visually-jarring, mirthless exercise in pandemonium that director Terry Gilliam tries to pass off as family entertainment.
Kam Williams - Princeton Town Topics
Joe Lozito - Big Picture Big Sound
everyone involved in the production appears to have become lost in the dark woods, hoping somehow to find their way out with an incoherent trail of compromises.
Anton Bitel - Eye for Film
As magical as classic fairy tales may seem to be, a winking Gilliam is out to prove here that to a profoundly superstitious, stressed out early 19th century world, those legends were as frighteningly real as any documentary or even reality show today.
Prairie Miller - Long Island Press
It's hard to imagine whom the filmmakers had in mind for this lavish production.
Doris Toumarkine - Film Journal International
Dean Essner - Empire Magazine
Dean Essner - Time Out
It's a slog, an out-of-control fantasy that's strangely unenchanting and, in the end, rather tiresome.
Kurt Loder - MTV
Una aventura comica y liviana, que se beneficia de la imaginacion visual del director Terry Gilliam.
Enrique Buchichio - Uruguay Total
Dean Essner - Sydney Morning Herald
There is much in this film to admire, but it goes by too fast and the story is almost incomprehensible. There is certainly enchantment here, but the story does not do much to hold it together.
Mark R. Leeper - rec.arts.movies.reviews
The movie is at least twice as good as most people say it is and about half as good as we'd all hoped it would be.
John J. Puccio - DVDTown.com
John J. Puccio - Movie Metropolis
Looks great, but less filling.
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
Perfect family entertainment and undoubtedly well worth seeing, but somewhat of a let down.
Joe Utichi - FilmFocus
David Edwards - Daily Mirror [UK]
... on the whole, The Brothers Grimm is a mess ...
Pete Vonder Haar - Film Threat
...darkly amusing, often entertaining and overwhelmingly bizarre. Ultimately, the film gets bogged down in its own adventurous aspirations, although it looks a treat with splendid production design and fantastic effects.
Urban Cinefile Critics - Urban Cinefile
The Brothers Grimm has its moments, but it's ultimately a very flawed film and capsizes under the weight of some hammy performances and a poorly-conceived script.
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
Gilliam has a history of blaming studios when his films go wrong. But he has no one to blame but himself for this poisoned apple.
Randy Shulman - Metro Weekly (Washington, DC)
Perfect material, you might think, for Terry Gilliam's brain of perpetual invention. But despite occasional flashes of dark genius, he hasn't laid a golden egg.
Jamie Woolley - BBC
I wish the plot were pared down, that the magic used more sparingly. But new movies offer us so little, it seems daffy to complain that this one gives us too much.
Jake Euker - F5 (Wichita, KS)
Em varios momentos, Gilliam parece se preocupar mais com o efeito do que com a eficacia de sua historia.
Pablo Villaca - Cinema em Cena
Gilliam's movies aren't mere throwaway diversions... they plug themselves right into the collective psyche and gleefully pull out the stuffing...
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
Dean Essner - AV Club
Inconsistent and painfully rote.
Todd Gilchrist - IGN Movies
Surprisingly dull and uninvolving.
JoBlo - JoBlo's Movie Emporium
The fairy tale-spinning Brothers are recast as faux ghost-busters in Terry Gilliam's muddled medieval mediocrity.
James Rocchi - Netflix
A mishmash of a film that flies off in far too many different directions.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat - Spirituality and Practice
Grim is as 'Grimm does.
David N. Butterworth - rec.arts.movies.reviews
Until the plot goes wrong, this is a thoroughly entertaining period romp
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall
James Kendrick - Q Network Film Desk
[W]hile it has a handful of solid laughs, just as many of the film's gags fall flat.
Jeff Vice - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Mirror, mirror on the wall, who's the most undisciplined director of them all?
Thomas Delapa - Boulder Weekly
Atmosphere alone doesn't make a movie
Marty Mapes - Movie Habit
Christopher Smith - Bangor Daily News (Maine)
In refusing easy categorization, the film at least flirts with greatness, and occasionally achieves it.
Ken Hanke - Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
It's ironic that a movie whose central characters are two of the world's greatest storytellers should be so careless in telling its own story.
Mike McGranaghan - Aisle Seat
a film overflowing with cool sets and special effects, yet it's also rather emotionally unengaging, something that has plagued Gilliam all throughout his career.
Sean McBride - Sean the Movie Guy
Rises slightly above a mere effects parade.
Audrey Rock-Richardson - Tooele Transcript-Bulletin (Utah)
Kruger may put in his best script, but Gilliam does everything in his power to demystify it with wackiness!
Jimmy O - Film Snobs
Not his best, but not too shabby either....
Eric Lurio - Greenwich Village Gazette
Terry Gilliam is as unable to make an uninteresting movie as he is unable to make a "commercial" film...[but this] feels the most commercial and least Gilliamesque to me.
Karina Montgomery - Cinerina
Maybe they should have cast Affleck with Damon and called it "Bad Grimm Haunting"
Jackie K. Cooper - jackiekcooper.com
would be too easy to make a pun out of the title "The Brothers Grimm," because its a fair description of the atmosphere of the film itself.
Linda Cook - KWQC-TV (Iowa)
Un conte de fee a la recherche d'un conte. Pas completement depourvu de magie, cependant.
Nicolas Lacroix - EnPrimeur.ca
Brazil fans are likely to return from this not-so-enchanted forest disillusioned, sustained only by the scattered breadcrumbs of Gilliam's genius....
Jeffrey Overstreet - Christianity Today
... an enchantingly quirky [journey]-- provided you're willing to buy a ticket and climb aboard director Terry Gilliam's flying circus, no questions asked.
Carol Cling - Las Vegas Review-Journal
The Brothers Grimm is numbingly grim even for him, Terry Gilliam. ... Sometimes outlandish and quirky just isn't enough, even by rebel-filmmaker standards.
Larry Ratliff - San Antonio Express-News
The Brothers Grimm is fascinating but only in the way that watching a good director misfire this badly can be.
Mark Pfeiffer - Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
Susan Tavernetti - Palo Alto Weekly
Not the fairest Gilliam film of all...
Michael Szymanski - Sci-Fi Weekly
It's kind of cold and it's kind of a mess, but I thought it was a glorious mess and it looks so great and it is so interesting and there is so much going on that I have to recommend it on a very mild level.
Richard Roeper - Ebert & Roeper
there's not one time where it doesn't seem like Gilliam is making horror movies with paint by numbers
James Brundage - Filmcritic.com
Grimms go Hollywood.Gilliam caves in to maudlin filmmaking.
Angela Baldassarre - Sympatico.ca
Gilliam is still a visual showman, a childish tease and an artist with an imagination too big for cinema.
Collin Souter - eFilmCritic.com
The most unforgivable thing Gilliam has done in this film is to dumb down two of the best looking and radiant actors working today.
Jonathan W. Hickman - Entertainment Insiders
It's easy to sense the allure this fantastic project held for Gilliam, but it's hard to imagine the outcome is anything like his early expectations.
Marjorie Baumgarten - Austin Chronicle
The movie is an utter mess, but it's the kind of maddening disappointment that could only be made by a director of Gilliam's stature.
Dan Fienberg - Zap2it.com
James Verniere - Boston Herald
Dean Essner - Boston Phoenix
Dean Essner - St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Dean Essner - Bullz-Eye.com
Dean Essner - Baltimore Sun
Kamal 'The Diva' Larsuel - 3BlackChicks Review
a dud...Gilliam doesn't seem to be in control of things and leaves his star actors to their own devices.
Robin Clifford - Reeling Reviews
An aimless chore to sit through in desperate need of a human pulse and a shot of adrenaline.
Dustin Putman - DustinPutman.com
This time, Gilliam's storytelling is even more convoluted than his bookkeeping.
Craig Outhier - Orange County Register
[Gilliam] once again creates a world that is utterly weird and, within its own rules, completely logical.
Sean Means - Salt Lake Tribune
A frenzied sideshow sprinkled with Terry Gilliam's familiar ticks and excess but lacking funny or winning characters.
John Wirt - Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
A dark-but-family- friendly $80 million Hollywood FX-o-rama.
Jim Slotek - Jam! Movies
What we have here isn't a movie, it's a coffee-table book.
(CNN.com) Paul Clinton - CNN.com
This film does for fairy tales what Time Bandits did for time travel stories
Kevin Carr - 7M Pictures
earns a few points for sheer audacity and stylishness. ...Much of the comedy is clumsy, and the mixture of burlesque and brutality only works about half of the time.
James Sanford - Kalamazoo Gazette
Even a master fantasist of his daring vision and whimsical humor cannot turn a frog of a script into a prince of a film.
Timothy Knight - Reel.com
Lovely to look at, but ultimately a chore to endure.
Robert W. Butler - Kansas City Star
[Gilliam's] visual alchemy isn't magic enough to keep the story from slipping into incoherence.
Lisa Rose - Newark Star-Ledger
Like so many children in fairy tales, The Brothers Grimm gets lost in the woods.
Jeffrey Westhoff - Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
A noisy, tonally berserk fantasy horror film, Grimm quickly reminds the viewer why is it's so hard for Gilliam to find funding for his visions these days.
Brian Orndorf - FilmJerk.com
I'm guessing that Terry Gilliam colored outside the lines as a kid. In fact, I'd bet money he even ate the crayons.
Mike Ward - Richmond.com
Terry Gilliam once again proves "Life's little subterfuges make it all worthwhile" in this imaginative, enchanting tale.
Susan Granger - Modamag.com
A colossal disappointment.
John Venable - Supercala.com
The film seems almost intentionally bad in most ways, as if Gilliam were expressing a suicide wish for his directing career.
Lawrence Toppman - Charlotte Observer
To see what The Brothers Grimm aims for - to see how wonderful and glorious it could have been - is to curse it all the more as it slowly loses its way.
Rob Vaux - Flipside Movie Emporium
Jar Jar Binks has finally met his match.
Alex Sandell - Juicy Cerebellum
This winds up being twice as coherent as Sleepy Hollow wishes it was, and twice as entertaining as Van Helsing thought it was going to be.
Widgett Walls - Needcoffee.com
It's a large, unwieldy cauldron of fantasticality. Yay that!
Gregory Weinkauf - UberCine
A joyless fantasy.
Rene Rodriguez - Miami Herald
A third class theme park ride, much too dark for children, too familiar for adults, and too lame for either.
Jurgen Fauth - About.com
Black comedy, romance, adventure, fantasy and horror all get short shrift, even as they're pitched toward the extreme.
Christine James - Boxoffice Magazine
An uncomfortable combination of humor and horror, Brothers Grimm is full of flourishes, but lacks Gilliam's absurdist heart.
Carla Meyer - Sacramento Bee
Gilliam is inspired by the sibling writers, it seems, so he could deliver a goofy comedy.
Dennis Schwartz - Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Paul Clinton (CNN.com) - CNN.com
Gilliam hasn't lost his manic visual touch or his flair for dangerously dark humor, but the story isn't worthy of the masterful tale-tellers who gave the film its title -- and not of your moviegoing dough, either.
Dean Essner - E! Online
You won't want to pass this version of The Brothers Grimm on to your children. But you may find yourself coming back to marvel at parts of it for the rest of your life.
Bob Strauss - Los Angeles Daily News
In the midst of all this pandemonium, moments of Gilliam's awe-inspiring vision swirl around like the black crows and dead leaves that pepper the film's woodsy fabric.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
Gilliam fans will recognize their boy has been restricted again from crafting the all-out vision they know he's capable of
Erik Childress - eFilmCritic.com
Its energy is impressive, but its effects are scattered.
Mick LaSalle - San Francisco Chronicle
A feast for the eyes, and often very funny.
Ken Fox - TV Guide's Movie Guide
The film is as much about the process of creation, of spinning yarns and contexts, as it is about any particular yarns.
Cynthia Fuchs - PopMatters
The monster melees aren't just means to a digital dead end but a wish-fulfillment celebration of the triumph of artists and fabulists over despots and militarists.
John Beifuss - Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Still more engaging than most moviemaking, but nonetheless a letdown after such a long wait.
Shawn Levy - Oregonian
Dean Essner - Hollywood.com
A movie as enjoyable as it is clever.
Terry Lawson - Detroit Free Press
Boo Allen - Denton Record Chronicle (TX)
It's a glorious mess of a movie, and not without its rewards, but it was doomed from its very premise.
Daniel M. Kimmel - Worcester Telegram & Gazette
A flawed but brilliantly imaginative mix of darkness and humor reminiscent of Hammer period chillers like Captain Kronos: Vampire Hunter by way of Monty Python and the Holy Grail.
Mark Rahner - Seattle Times
The Brothers Grimm might be flawed and chaotic, but it is still one of the few genuinely original and inventive adventures of the summer.
Louis B. Hobson - Jam! Movies
Hardly memorable at all.
Sean O'Connell - Charlotte Weekly
Grimm is Disappointing, Shallow, Bland and most of all Boring!
Michelle Alexandria - Eclipse Magazine
Magical! Wonderful! Gorgeous! Enchantment comes to life.
Victoria Alexander - Movie Reviews in Croatian
Audiences other than preteens will be sorely disappointed at Gilliam's over-massaged vision of a tediously gimmicky script.
Cole Smithey - ColeSmithey.com
`The Brothers Grimm' isn't for children but for adults who want to relive the bedroom tales of their childhood.
Josh Larsen - Sun Publications (Chicago, IL)
Too scary for kids and too thin for anyone else, Terry Gilliam's latest movie, like his heroes' tricks, has a lot of visual flair, but no substance.
Nell Minow - Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
...feels like the least Gilliam-ish film of the director's career.
Rebecca Murray - About.com
It might be Gilliam's worst movie, but it's still okay.
Bob Grimm - Sacramento News & Review
Frankly I never would have believed that Terry Gilliam had a movie this bad in him.
Scott Weinberg - eFilmCritic.com
Not just weird, but randomly, elaborately weird.... It's a total wreck.
Eric D. Snider - EricDSnider.com
A fractured fairy tale that's both too grim and not Grimm enough.
Eleanor Ringel Gillespie - Atlanta Journal-Constitution
a setup that is far more rewarding than the eventual adventure...Grimm Brothers' fairy tale references replaced with the slow grinding of plot wheels.
Laura Clifford - Reeling Reviews
It's often funny, its texture can be breathtaking and its pleasures likely will grow with repeated viewings.
William Arnold - Seattle Post-Intelligencer
The movie makes you yearn for the innocent times that Junior learned about kinky sex from playground stories or late-night Cinemax rather than summer kids' flicks.
Phil Villarreal - Arizona Daily Star
A fast-paced, highly inventive visual feast
Les Wright - culturevulture.net
It probably had extravaganza status in mind at the outset, but it may have to settle with fun fantasy curiosity.
Jeffrey Chen - ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Director Terry Gilliam hasn't made a movie this playful since his Monty Python days, scattering visual and verbal puns throughout Grimm like Hansel and Gretel scatter breadcrumbs.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
Although Gilliam does bend The Brothers Grimm to his surreal and absurdist will, watching it is little like searching for pearls in pig flop.
Duane Dudek - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
It's obvious Gilliam was reigned in a tad...perhaps the big-bad studio had a bit of fear and loathing...
Emily Blunt - Blunt Review
Easy to recommend but hard to love, distinguished by Gilliam's extravagant and funny style, but compromised by creative warfare and budgetary limitations.
Peter Canavese - Groucho Reviews
This is one of the most visually off-putting films ever made by a director who supposedly makes beautiful pictures.
Scott Foundas - L.A. Weekly
For grown-ups who pretend they don't believe the horrible stories they heard as children.
Kevin A. Ranson - MovieCrypt.com
There may be a credible film in here somewhere, but it sorely needs a fully functioning director to pull it out.
Steve Schneider - Orlando Weekly
Just because it's accessible doesn't mean it's not clearly Gilliam.
Josh Bell - Las Vegas Weekly
The CGI is absolute crap. It looks like it was just pasted on. And I don't mean paste like the cut and paste tool on computers. I mean Elmer's.
Fred Topel - About.com
Not bad, but certainly not Gilliam at the top of his game.
Andy Klein - Los Angeles CityBeat
If you are a long lost relative of the Grimm family, I encourage you to sue because Terry Gilliam has left a stain on your family's name that can't be erased with OxyClean.
Willie Waffle - WaffleMovies.com
It's a muddle, but it's a Terry Gilliam muddle -- and there's nothing like his muddles anywhere in our uptight, color-within-the-lines mainstream.
Gene Seymour - Newsday
Heath Ledger gets better with every role, and the chance to inhabit a socially maladjusted introvert like Jacob has resulted in his most winning portrayal to date.
Brett Buckalew - FilmStew.com
A film with all the drama and flair of a Tuesday Morning tchotchke shop.
Walter Chaw - Film Freak Central
Gilliam's film is trapped somewhere between fable and comedy. It's as if he is so entranced by his own visual inventiveness that he completely loses sight of his storytelling.
Frank Houston - Palm Beach Daily News
...a ragged, sloppy patchwork quilt --but there's magic in it. The movie is a compromised, semi-mangled visit to a very special place.
Sean Burns - Philadelphia Weekly
A movie with a Terry Gilliam look and feel but without a Terry Gilliam soul. (The director) seems to have had his spirit broken by studio mandates and commercial constraints.
Rob Blackwelder - SPLICEDWire
Another Gilliam exercise in wretched excess, an orgy of big-budget incoherence more likely to cause appalled astonishment than childish delight.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
In keeping with the actual Grimm fables, as they were originally published before whitewashing took place, this movie has a lot of horror in it.
Staci Layne Wilson - Horror.com
[O]ffers us a glimpse at a future where one of our most idiosyncratic directors has been beaten down by the corporate system. Now that's the making of a Terry Gilliam movie.
Devin Faraci - CHUD
Gilliam transmutes familiar fairy tales . . . into something that is distinctly his own [with] absurdist humor and more than a little social commentary
Andrea Chase - Killer Movie Reviews
Surely the brothers Grimm are deserving of a real biopic. This is not just too phantasmagorical to be entertainment, it's incoherent,...an opportunity lost.
Tony Medley - tonymedley.com
A heterogenous conglomeration full of sound and fury signifying you-know-what.
Harvey S. Karten - Compuserve
Fails to reinvent its Grimm yarns and only cursorily investigates the relationship between truth and fiction as it rumbles from one farcical scenario to another.
Nick Schager - Slant Magazine
It's been 7 years since Gilliam's last film. It was not worth the wait.
Scott Nash - Three Movie Buffs
Gilliam has rarely been more inventive, energetic, or just plain funny.
David Sterritt - Christian Science Monitor
The movie suffers from the usual Gilliam problems: excessive visual imagination, unrestrained aesthetics at the price of emotional involvement
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com
Bombastic, whimsical, and delicious, The Brothers Grimm is really a comic ghost story wrapped in the postmodern folds of Shakespeare In Love.
Gabriel Shanks - Mixed Reviews
...the most nakedly commercial and impersonal film that Gilliam's ever made.
Moriarty - Ain't It Cool Movie Reviews
Gilliam is a film artist with a grand and copious vision that he incorporates into every frame of every film like a potion.
Jules Brenner - Cinema Signals