The Fisher King
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 84%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Visually impressive, frequently pretentious, and extremely fluid as narrative (the 137 minutes sail by effortlessly), this mythic comedy-drama presents Gilliam as half seer, half snake-oil salesman and defies you to sort out which is which."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"Scary, touching, often hilarious, this modern fairytale is surprisingly enchanting."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"It's sometimes hard to follow the action, but you have a bit of fun trying to figure it all out."
‑ Wesley Lovell, Cinema Sight
"Although there are moments when the mixture of comedy, fantasy and drama don't come off, this is still an original, touching movie that is well worth the price of a ticket."
‑ Jo Berry, Empire Magazine
"Williams got the Oscar nomination but Bridges deserved one more."
‑ Michael A. Smith, Nolan's Pop Culture Review
"The Fisher King has two actors at the top of their form, and a compelling, well-directed and well-produced story."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"For every wild ride through Manhattan by an imaginary Red Knight trailing billows of flame, there is a small, comic encounter in a more down-to-earth mode."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"The Fisher King's problems begin with Richard LaGravenese's screenplay and are amplified by Gilliam's showy direction and an unbearably fey performance by Robin Williams."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"A touching and funny one-of-a-kind gem about two lost souls who help each other find redemption. Bridges once again proves what an underappreciated actor he is, while Williams is at his manic best."
‑ Chuck O'Leary,
"With director Terry Gilliam at the helm, Robin Williams actually succeeds in a drama."
‑ John Wirt, Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
"Working within the constraints of a big studio film has brought out Gilliam's best: he's become a true storyteller and a wonderful director of actors. This time he delights not only the eye but the soul."
‑ David Ansen, Newsweek
"So what if it's not perfect? It's magic."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"As always, Williams turns romance into slush, but Gilliam reigns it in with his mad and magical design."
‑ , Film4
"As original as Gilliam is as a filmmaker, he too falls victims to Hollywood cliches as far as the portrait of the homeless is concerned (here Robin Williams)--they are either mad saints or misfit geniuses"
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"The Fisher King emphasizes the purpose of fairy tales in our lives, and the way a fantasy can help us see reality more clearly."
‑ Jeffrey Overstreet, Looking Closer
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