Time Bandits
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A young boy joins a group of renegade dwarves on an unpredictable journey through time in this humorous fantasy. Monty Python animator Terry Gilliam mostly achieves a tricky balancing act in his second feature as sole director, creating a dark, irreverent comedy disguised as a family adventure. Particularly amusing are the boy's encounters with various historical figures, including an entertainment-starved Napoleon (Ian Holm), a powerful Agamemnon (Sean Connery), and a surprisingly stuffy Robin Hood, embodied by Gilliam's Python cohort John Cleese. Episodic by nature, the film is less… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 92%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"When you can count the laughs in a comedy on the fingers of one hand, it isn't so funny."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Amazingly well-produced. The historic locations are jammed with character and detail. This is the only live-action movie I've seen that literally looks like pages out of Heavy Metal magazine."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Ex-Python Gilliam is one of the great conjurers of cinema, and this film is proof of his ample and unpredictable talent."
‑ Tom Hutchinson, Radio Times
"An intoxicating dose of children's entertainment of the rarest and weirdest and most delirious kind."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"one of the greatest of children's fantasy movies"
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk
"The film is resolutely, passionately antiadult, yet much of the humor has an adult sophistication and edge to it; this is one kids' movie that doesn't condescend."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"A cheerfully irreverent lark -- part fairy tale, part science fiction and part comedy."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"This is an enterprising project in free-form cinema; it's just not very entertaining."
‑ Ralph Novak, People Magazine
"Fun fantasy has a bit of bite."
‑ Paul Trandahl, Common Sense Media
"A smart and imaginative fantasy with appeal for the whole family is always cause for celebration...Time Bandits rivals Roald Dahl in its surrealism and satire. [Blu-ray]"
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"Gilliam fills the screen with bizarre images, and directs with a breathless ingenuity."
‑ Nigel Floyd, Time Out
"Perhaps the greatest characteristic attributable to Time Bandits is its sense of invention. The movie does so many things, all of them well."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"Frequent bursts of twisted humour, several flashes of horror and a ton of first-class Brit cameos combine to ensure their movie never ages."
‑ , Total Film
"Adults will get this movie, but kids won't."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"Time Bandits remains Fantasy 101, and a must-see for people who enjoy this kind of fare."
‑ Ross Ruediger, Bullz-Eye.com
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