Twelve Monkeys (12 Monkeys)
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An intense film about time travel, this sci-fi entry was directed by Terry Gilliam, a member of the comedy troupe Monty Python. The film stars Bruce Willis as James Cole, a prisoner of the state in the year 2035 who can earn parole if he agrees to travel back in time and thwart a devastating plague. The virus has wiped out most of the Earth's population and the remainder live underground because the air is poisonous. Returning to the year 1990, six years before the start of the plague, Cole is soon imprisoned in a psychiatric facility because his warnings sound like mad ravings. There he… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"While all of Gilliam's movies are worth seeing, there's a fair amount of his designer grimness here mixed in with the cabaret comedy."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"Dark and somber like Blade Runner, this sci-fi is a spectacular mess, a convoluted film with too many ideas for its own good, blending (among other things) the virus thriller with the post-apocalyptic genre."
‑ Emanuel Levy, Variety
"Constantly surprising and consistently unsettling."
‑ Joe Leydon, The Moving Picture Show
"Gilliam goes on to deliver a movie that is not only rich in visual detail but offers an involving, occasionally baffling storyline and builds the tension to positively unbearable levels during the final reel."
‑ , Film4
"Terry Gilliam's violent dystopian masterpiece."
‑ Carly Kocurek, Common Sense Media
"Neither as visually compelling as Brazil nor as emotionally gripping as The Fisher King."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"There's always overripe method to his madness, but in the new 12 Monkeys Mr. Gilliam's methods are uncommonly wrenching and strong."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"One of the best-looking and smartest sci-fi films of the modern era."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"Gilliam's greatest all around film."
‑ Scott Nash, Three Movie Buffs
"A dark and gritty sci-fi thriller, 12 Monkeys stands apart from other sci-fi films, due to its unique and twisted concept on the future of mankind."
‑ Matthew Pejkovic, Matt's Movie Reviews
"Gilliam gives the material a lunatic poetry of his own, but remains impervious to the requirements of narrative pacing."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"Bruce Willis, in an eruptive performance of startling emotional intensity, stars as Cole, a prisoner tagged for an experiment that may get him killed."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"Terry Gilliam has seldom been more inventive or more compelling."
‑ Wesley Lovell, Cinema Sight
"speculative fiction at its best in that it doesn't just trifle with science fiction concepts, but rather tells a grander story with characters and world disasters"
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"Gilliam's polarizing style is at its near-best...a dazzling feat of storytelling that bristles with provocative ideas. [Blu-ray]"
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
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