The Zero Theorem
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In Theaters September 19 (18 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

"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
"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
"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
"As usual with Gilliam's films, the production is more delightful to behold than to parse."
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"Something of a roller coaster and fairly bumpy, the ride is the problem here."
‑ Deborah Young, Hollywood Reporter
"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
"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
"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
"Gilliam's latest, with a script by first-time screenwriter Pat Rushin, may in fact be about an insane man in a differently insane reality. This makes it a difficult story to grasp, but a wild ride if you can manage to hold on."
‑ Chris Knight, National Post
"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
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