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Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
Terry Gilliam (Brazil, Twelve Monkeys, The Fisher King) directed this colorful, stylized, pseudo-psychedelic $21-million adaptation of the 1971 Hunter S. Thompson classic, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey into the Heart of the American Dream, about stoned sportswriter Raoul Duke, Thompson's alter ego, on a wild drug-crazed road trip, a paranoid plummet into the belly of the beast, with his pal, lawyer Oscar Zeta Acosta. Originally serialized in Rolling Stone (November 1971), the book catapulted Thompson headfirst toward the Kerouac-Mailer-Capote pantheon and jump-started… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 50%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It's certainly distinctive, looking at times like Richard Lester put through a postmodernist blender."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"A film of brilliant moments, but sadly less coherent - and, on senses, rather less personal - than most of Gilliam's work."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"One of Terry Gilliam's worst films (almost unwatchable)"
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"The film is intensely pretentious, far too clever for its own good."
‑ Paul Fischer, Urban Cinefile
"Certainly uneven at times, but Terry Gilliam's surreal mood piece paints a vivid, splashy picture of gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson."
‑ R. L. Shaffer, IGN DVD
"(Gilliam's) vision is too reflexively comic to evoke the shadows of dread in Thompson's writing."
‑ Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
"It's really a series of sketches on one theme."
‑ Edward Guthmann, San Francisco Chronicle
"A peculiar and oddly haunting achievement."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"It's larger-than life, wild, dizzy, colourful and vulgar, and goes round in circles - for a very long time."
‑ Louise Keller, Urban Cinefile
"A beautiful cinematic showcase for Thompson at the peak of his writing skills."
‑ Christopher Long, Movie Metropolis
"Pic serves up a sensory overload without any compensatory reflection on the outlandish and irresponsible behavior on view."
‑ Todd McCarthy, Variety
"If you encountered characters like this on an elevator, you'd push a button and get off at the next floor. Here the elevator is trapped between floors for 128 minutes."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Bizarre, unpredictable yet strangely alluring."
‑ , Film4
"The fear is comical; the loathing almost nonexistent."
‑ Josh Larsen, LarsenOnFilm
"It may start off as a lighthearted, excess-filled, party-road-trip movie, but Depp is reigned in a little towards the end as his character (a stand-in for Thompson) poetically bemoans the sad failure of the late-60s ideals and values."
‑ Eric Melin, Kansas City Star
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