The Adventures of Baron Munchausen
The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1989)

The tale of the enchanting adventures of Baron von Munchausen on his journey to save a town from defeat. Being swallowed by a giant sea-monster, a trip to the moon, a dance with Venus and an escape from the Grim Reaper are only some of the… More

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Rated: PG
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DVD Release Date: May 26, 1998
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Critic Score: 92% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Bursting with Terry Gilliam's typically imaginative flourishes, this story of a possibly deranged Baron recounting his storied life is a flamboyant and witty visual treat.

Sheila Benson
Los Angeles Times

The sheer volume and invention of Gilliam's visual largess sets him apart, and his wit operates for the most part at a dangerously sophisticated level.

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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel

The king is completely out-of-control, and so was Gilliam in making this film. Neither has much of a sense of proportion, but both are hard to ignore.

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Dennis King
Tulsa World

The Adventures of Baron Munchausen is a fairy tale of large heart and limitless vision. Like its maker, it staunchly defies the exigencies of reason to pursue a bigger vision of imagination.

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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer

One of the most voluptuously beautiful films ever imagined, Munchausen naturally assumes that surrealism is preferable, that through make-believe we find the way to true beliefs.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Tribune

There is much to see on this journey, all of it presented in the abundant, deep-focus detail that is Gilliam's visual trademark.

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Total Film

The carnivalesque chaos is anchored in stage actor John Neville's charismatic lead turn.

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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine

A lavish fairy tale for bright children of all ages.

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Variety Staff

A fitting final installment in Terry Gilliam's trilogy begun with Time Bandits and continued with Brazil.

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Roger Hurlburt
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Superbly photographed and marvelously lighted, this remarkable set piece of art direction and stunning decor cures many of its own ills, including a screenplay that meanders grandly.

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Flixster Audience Score: 82% Flixster User Reviews
Phil Hubbs
Gilliam must be the king of fantasy films, his filmography lists some true cults and this tale of tall stories is no exception. What I find fascinating about… More
Jani H
"I'm Baron Munchausen! - That sounds nasty. Is it contagious?" I've been waiting to see this movie for a long time but never had the… More
Chris Weber
Unmistakably from the imagination of Terry Gilliam, this is a high-spirited whimsical fantasy adventure about an eccentric aristocrat who presents tall tales of… More
Bruce Bruce
I was told about this film after watching and reviewing the Movie called the Fall, it was one of those if you liked the Fall you will like the Adventures of… More
Kylie B
I found this entertaining, amusing, and often rather charming. The sets and costumes are beautiful. The moon segment is the most surreal part in my opinion, and… More
_kelly .King
underrated Gilliam. For me, more fun than Time Bandits.