The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus
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"The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus" is a fantastical morality tale, set in the present-day. It tells the story of Dr. Parnassus and his 'Imaginarium', a traveling show where members of the audience get opportunity to choose between light and joy or darkness and gloom. Blessed with the extraordinary gift of guiding the imaginations of others, Doctor Parnassus is cursed with a dark secret. An inveterate gambler, thousands of years ago he made a bet with the devil, Mr. Nick, in which he won immortality. Centuries later, on meeting his one true love, Dr. Parnassus made another… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 64%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus is one of those movies that, despite spectacular elements, doesn't add up to a spectacular film."
‑ Christine Champ,
"It teases with magnificently tantalizing moments that don't quite add up to one grand insight. Which, come to think of it, is an epiphany of its own peculiar sort."
‑ Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post
"The film is flawed, but you don't expect narrative drive or coherence; you go for the director's flights of fantasy. Possessed of an imagination that throws off more sparks than a fizzing, spinning Catherine Wheel, Gilliam is a fabulous fabulist."
‑ Jason Best, Movie Talk
"I don't think it's such a big heresy to say that Terry Gilliam is both a genius and an annoyingly full-of-it director who's coasting on the goodwill he earned with Brazil."
‑ Dave White,
"Overplotted and the film ends up as a head-scratcher -- we're supposed to sympathize with Parnassus, but the case just isn't strongly made."
‑ Jeffrey Chen, Window to the Movies
"Terry Gilliam, the veteran film director who cut his teeth as the animation wizard of television's legendary Monty Python's Flying Circus, has flirted with genius throughout his career, and bedded her from time to time. In The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnas"
‑ Jonathan F. Richards,
"When it's all done we're left with another recent Gilliam trademark: the highly imaginative mess."
‑ Chris Vognar, Dallas Morning News
"One of the greatest motion pictures ever. From its astounding themes to its brilliant cast, stunning design to enchanting score, undeniable smarts to lasting significance, this is Cinéma! Buy this movie. View this movie. Marry this movie. I have spoken."
‑ Gregory Weinkauf, ÜberCiné
"It's like snorting a line of pure Gilliam."
‑ Widgett Walls,
"Longo e com uma estrutura frouxa resultante das várias alterações, ainda peca pela resolução artificial que poderia perfeitamente ser descrita como um decepcionante diabo ex machina. Ledger merecia uma despedida melhor."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"Parnassus is fun to watch a good deal of the time, and Gilliam is almost always visually surprising, but Ledger could have used a more momentous send-off."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"Shot through with a bold, extravagant generosity of spirit, this journey behind the literal and figurative looking glass marks a gratifying return to form for Gilliam, whose recent films haven't quite lived up to his capacities."
‑ Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
"A return to form for director Terry Gilliam?"
‑ James O'Ehley, Sci-Fi Movie Page
"a confusing mess. ... a promising set-up assembled with bits and pieces of Gilliam's brilliance, but he clearly did not wake up in the middle of the night with a brilliant vision"
‑ Matt Kelemen, Las Vegas CityLife
"...Ledger's death casts a blue shadow over the entire proceedings, as Gilliam hasn't the heart to turn this parade of images into something like a meditation on the cost of achieving one's wildest fantasies."
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
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