The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus
The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009)

"The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus" is a fantastical morality tale, set in the present-day. It tells the story of Dr. Parnassus and his 'Imaginarium', a traveling show where members of the audience get opportunity to… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: December 25, 2009
DVD Release Date: April 27, 2010
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Critic Score: 64% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Terry Gilliam remains as indulgent as ever, but The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus represents a return to the intoxicatingly imaginative, darkly beautiful power of his earlier work, with fine performances to match all the visual spectacle.

Christine Champ

The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus is one of those movies that, despite spectacular elements, doesn't add up to a spectacular film.

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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post

It teases with magnificently tantalizing moments that don't quite add up to one grand insight. Which, come to think of it, is an epiphany of its own peculiar sort.

Jason Best
Movie Talk

The film is flawed, but you don't expect narrative drive or coherence; you go for the director's flights of fantasy. Possessed of an imagination that throws off more sparks than a fizzing, spinning Catherine Wheel, Gilliam is a fabulous fabulist.

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Jonathan F. Richards

Terry Gilliam, the veteran film director who cut his teeth as the animation wizard of television's legendary Monty Python's Flying Circus, has flirted with genius throughout his career, and bedded her from time to time. In The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnas

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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News

When it's all done we're left with another recent Gilliam trademark: the highly imaginative mess.

Gregory Weinkauf

One of the greatest motion pictures ever. From its astounding themes to its brilliant cast, stunning design to enchanting score, undeniable smarts to lasting significance, this is Cinéma! Buy this movie. View this movie. Marry this movie. I have spoken.

Tom Long
Detroit News

Parnassus is fun to watch a good deal of the time, and Gilliam is almost always visually surprising, but Ledger could have used a more momentous send-off.

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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post

Shot through with a bold, extravagant generosity of spirit, this journey behind the literal and figurative looking glass marks a gratifying return to form for Gilliam, whose recent films haven't quite lived up to his capacities.

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James O'Ehley
Sci-Fi Movie Page

A return to form for director Terry Gilliam?

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Flixster Audience Score: 60% Flixster User Reviews
John Manard
A splendid film from Terry Gillam. Ledger was doing so well in the film and his unfortunate death does take away a tad from the scenes shot after his death but… More
Kevin M. Williams
Gilliam began with the idea of making a film totally from scratch, the eternal battle between good and evil, with the framing device being an imperfect… More
Carlos Magalhães
The visual effects are a true delight but it is hard to follow such a confusing mess of a narrative that stretches for so long and doesn't seem to know… More
Joseph Brightly
If you like Terry Gilliam it is exactly what you hoped it would be.
Christian C
Strange. Made stranger by the cobbled together reworking after Ledger's death. I could have done without seeing this.
_kelly .King
compelling story but non-practical VFX were uneven