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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

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 53%

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"Say this for Terry Gilliam: Even when he repeats himself, he's unique."
‑ Ty Burr, Boston Globe
"The culture's caught up to Gilliam. Everybody's doing Orwell now. But Gilliam's appropriation feels both aptly skeptical and unfashionably utopian."
‑ Wesley Morris, Grantland
"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."
‑ Brian Gibson, Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
"To say that Gilliam has repeated himself is to say that John Ford made Westerns."
‑ James Verniere, Boston Herald
"Crazy, colorful costumes and art direction plus some exciting special effects make a few scenes notable, but too much of the movie seems repetitive and ultra-confusing."
‑ Betty Jo Tucker, ReelTalk Movie Reviews
"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."
‑ John Anderson, Newsday
"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."
‑ Anthony Lane, New Yorker
"Waltz is compelling as always, yet it's unclear just what the filmmaker is trying to say, as his existential message gets lost in this uneven exercise in style over substance."
‑ Todd Jorgenson,
"Gilliam's spellbinding vision is a chaotic, poverty-and-wealth mixture of retro, futuristic, comic book, James Bond and the original Total Recall [but] the film lacks an emotional tangent to pull in the mainstream."
‑ Graham Young, Birmingham Mail
"It is another flawed and meandering mini-masterpiece from a visionary filmmaker whose febrile and fertile imagination never met a narrative it can't mangle into incoherence."
‑ Duane Dudek, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
"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."
‑ Barbara VanDenburgh, Arizona Republic
"This "Theorem" is all sizzle, zero steak."
‑ Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times
"Creativity and chaos abound in Gilliam's Latest"
‑ Robert Denerstein, Movie Habit
"Facetious and fanciful, yet beneath its superficial complexity, it's just Steampunk eye-candy."
‑ Susan Granger, SSG Syndicate
"The journey Gilliam takes us on is worthier than the destination, but let's hope he's merely musing over the direction we're heading in rather than predicting it."
‑ Andrew Crump, Movie Mezzanine
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