The Zero Theorem
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In Theaters September 19
Terry Gilliam (Brazil, 12 Monkeys, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas)'s madcap science fiction epic The Zero Theorem stars two- time Academy Award-winner Christoph Waltz as Qohen Leth, an eccentric and reclusive computer genius plagued with existential angst. Living in isolation in a burnt-out church, Qohen is obsessively working on a mysterious project personally delegated to him by Management (Matt Damon) aimed at discovering the meaning of life - or the complete lack of one - once and for all. Increasingly disturbed by unwanted visits from people he doesn't fully trust, including… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 53%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"full of Gilliam's stylistic hallmarks - layered realities, overbearing technology, institutional paranoia and of course, quirky romance - it feels like a personal journey into his beliefs, as it stares into the divide between reason and faith."
‑ Todd Gilchrist, TheWrap
"A lo-fi, future-tech farce with an air of high-end cyber panto."
‑ Dave Calhoun, Time Out
"Not one of Terry Gilliam's better films, but his misfires are still nothing if not interesting. Waltz is excellent."
‑ Chris Bumbray, JoBlo's Movie Emporium
"Things happen, literally and philosophically, in [the film], but without much real conviction; there's an odd kind of lifelessness to the film, despite the energetic paraphernalia and potentially high stakes that Gilliam conjures up for us to contemplate."
‑ Philippa Hawker, Sydney Morning Herald
"As bold and intriguing as it is cluttered and confused. In the end, it contains just enough interesting elements to justify the cost of a ticket."
‑ Tom Clift, Concrete Playground
"The Zero Theorem is a spectacle that demands to be cherished - as long as the society Gilliam portrays is a satire, not a prophesy."
‑ Mary Corliss, TIME Magazine
"Ends up dissolving into a muddle of unfunny jokes and half-baked ideas, all served up with that painful, herky-jerky Gilliam rhythm."
‑ Leslie Felperin, Variety
"Terry Gilliam descends into near self-parody with this mess of a would-be philosophical mind-frak about a mathematical formula for the meaning of life that has little to say."
‑ MaryAnn Johanson, Flick Filosopher
"The Zero Theorem is a Gilliam carnival riding the vortex into oblivion and it's weirdly enjoyable."
‑ Blake Howard, 2UE That Movie Show
"As narratively alienating as Gilliam's most abstract efforts, and a fitting companion to recent someday-satires Cosmopolis and Holy Motors."
‑ Simon Miraudo, Quickflix
"Something of a roller coaster and fairly bumpy, the ride is the problem here."
‑ Deborah Young, Hollywood Reporter
"Terry Gilliam created a surreal comic masterpiece with his 1985 film Brazil, but he fails to pull off the same feat with this similarly retro-futuristic dystopian tale."
‑ Jason Best, Movie Talk
"The story he's [Terry Gilliam] telling is kind of muddled, drags on a lot of the time, and has an ending that fails to pull it all together. It's definitely something worth considering, but still; this is a theorem that doesn't quite add up."
‑ Anthony Morris, The Vine
"It's extraordinary and funny."
‑ Margaret Pomeranz, At the Movies (Australia)
"Gilliam is so busy shaping every visual element that his female lead has about as much depth as one of his clever props, like the musical pizza box or Tilda Swinton's online shrink."
‑ Craig Mathieson, Sydney Morning Herald
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