The Zero Theorem
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In Theaters September 19 (3 days)
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: 54%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Too bad the story tucked around all that production design is such a futuristic drag."
‑ Stephanie Zacharek, Village Voice
"As usual with Gilliam's films, the production is more delightful to behold than to parse."
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"More semi-coherent eye candy from Terry Gilliam. Lovely, opaque."
‑ Roger Moore, McClatchy-Tribune News Service
"Terry Gilliam's listless and shallow futuristic fantasy lands like a pale evocation of his classic "Brazil.""
‑ Caryn James, James on screenS
"...wonders if we're headed toward a world in which efficiency is valued above all else - at the expense of relationships, art, even meaning."
‑ Josh Larsen, LarsenOnFilm
"Gilliam's penchant for overstimulation can numb your visual cortex, but Theorem is still the best thing he's pulled out of that bag in a while."
‑ Keith Staskiewicz, Entertainment Weekly
"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
"The Zero Theorem is very much a Terry Gilliam film: fantastical, kooky, occasionally sloppy, but with a big brain and a beating heart. And like most of his work, it won't appeal to all, but its unmistakable passion makes it well worth the while."
‑ Laura Kern, Film Comment Magazine
"Terry Gilliam's further slide down the stairs of filmic entropy is best summed up in an oft-repeated phrase by his latest film's hypochondriac protagonist Qohen Leth, "Q" for short. "We are dying.""
‑ Cole Smithey,
"Regardless of how Gilliam may have finessed the material, the finished film feels like a heavily edited Gilliam show-reel-not just like a director working in a signature style, but like a crazy-quilt sewn together from well-known fragments."
‑ Tasha Robinson, The Dissolve
"At once cluttered and cavernous, hysterical and static, romantic and cynical, The Zero Theorem works most effectively moment by moment and in the details."
‑ Geoff Pevere, Globe and Mail
"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
"Waltz twitches nervously and holds his body in such a way that suggests he is literally trying to draw up inside himself, and despite the numerous obstacles to identification, he comes across as strangely sympathetic."
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk
"Terry Gilliam has imposed a mix tape of his greatest hits, whose greatness was debatable to begin with, on a whiff of a story that might've flourished under the maxim "less is more.""
‑ Chuck Bowen, Slant Magazine
"Gilliam can often do wonders with pseudo-philosophical nonsense, but this time his flair for the ridiculous can't overcome the flat, ponderous story."
‑ Josh Bell, Las Vegas Weekly
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