The Zero Theorem
The Zero Theorem (2014)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: January 20, 2015
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Critic Score: 52% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Fans of director Terry Gilliam's trademark visual aesthetic will find everything they've bargained for, but for the unconverted, The Zero Theorem may prove too muddled to enjoy.

Ty Burr
Boston Globe

Say this for Terry Gilliam: Even when he repeats himself, he's unique.

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Wesley Morris

The culture's caught up to Gilliam. Everybody's doing Orwell now. But Gilliam's appropriation feels both aptly skeptical and unfashionably utopian.

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Rob Lowman
Los Angeles Daily News

Qohen and Bainsley are quirkily interesting though being little more than cyphers. And as in any Gilliam picture, there are some crazy flights of fancy, but this one is never grounded enough to come alive.

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John Anderson

Gives one the sense that the ex-Monty Python-ite thinks he's at a filmmaker version of the Last Chance Saloon, manufacturing and recycling as fast as he can.

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Anthony Lane
New Yorker

There is something so generous and so full-hearted in this profusion that to complain seems churlish, but "The Zero Theorem" has a bothersome ratio of misses to hits.

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John Wirt
Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)

Produced quickly on a slight budget, 'The Zero Theorem' devolves into a dead end that asks that old question: Is that all there is?

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Barbara VanDenburgh
Arizona Republic

It's bursting with Gilliam's trademark manic energy, but the focus and execution are so soft that that energy ends up derailing the film instead of invigorating it.

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Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times

This "Theorem" is all sizzle, zero steak.

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Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

Gilliam is reworking past preoccupations and the romance is pretty stale, but the mix of elements in this pop-eyed, Euro-corporate world keeps the film engaging. What also sustains The Zero Theorem is its lingering on solitude.

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The production design is impressive, as well as the use of tilt shots and wide angle lenses to distort what we see, but still this is a silly and frustrating… More
Matt Goodman
Stylistic yet confusing.
Mark Hobin
The Zero Theorem has no objective to entertain with a coherent story. It's a vague rumination of a concept. The lack of specifics makes the disastrous… More
Walter M.
Theorem," Qohen(Christoph Waltz) is the best data miner in his department, at least according to Joby(David Thewlis), his supervisor. Even then, Qohen… More
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