Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998)

Journalist Raoul Duke and his lawyer Dr Gonzo drive from LA to Las Vegas on a drugs binge. They nominally cover news stories, including a convention on drug abuse, but also sink deeper into a frightening psychedelic otherworld. As Vietnam,… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: May 22, 1998
DVD Release Date: November 17, 1998
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Critic Score: 49% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Visually creative, but also aimless, repetitive, and devoid of character development.

Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

It's certainly distinctive, looking at times like Richard Lester put through a postmodernist blender.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

A film of brilliant moments, but sadly less coherent - and, on senses, rather less personal - than most of Gilliam's work.

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Glenn Dunks

Unless viewed through the prism of psychedelic habituates, it is unlikely audiences will find much to savour in Gilliam's picture.

Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly

(Gilliam's) vision is too reflexively comic to evoke the shadows of dread in Thompson's writing.

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Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle

It's really a series of sketches on one theme.

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Emanuel Levy

One of Terry Gilliam's worst films (almost unwatchable)

Todd McCarthy

Pic serves up a sensory overload without any compensatory reflection on the outlandish and irresponsible behavior on view.

Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

If you encountered characters like this on an elevator, you'd push a button and get off at the next floor. Here the elevator is trapped between floors for 128 minutes.

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Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide

A peculiar and oddly haunting achievement.

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Flixster Audience Score: 89% Flixster User Reviews
Lucas Martins
A surrealist portrait, characters lost and visually innovative, a ride to a psychdelic, coloful and Las Vegas from Hunter S. Thompson. Fear and Loathing is… More
Louis Rogers
The visuals and general creativity continue to develop and thrive throughout, its a shame the story and characters don't.
Eugene Bernabe
It's visually appealing and has Depp and Del Toro at their craziest, however that's all that is carrying the film. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas is… More
xGary Xx
Hunter S. Thompson's semi-autobiographical novel and essay on the emptiness of the American dream in post sixties Las Vegas is brought to life by Terry… More
Eric S
Into and/or in search of the heart of the American dream, Raoul Duke(Depp) and his attorney(Del Toro) take a road trip to Las Vegas from Los Angeles where… More
Kase Vollebregt
'Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas' is never an easy movie to watch. It's trippy, haunting, and all-together off-putting. The performances are… More