The Zero Theorem
The Zero Theorem (2014)

Terry Gilliam (Brazil, 12 Monkeys, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas)'s madcap science fiction epic The Zero Theorem stars two- time Academy Award-winner Christoph Waltz as Qohen Leth, an eccentric and reclusive computer genius plagued… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: September 19, 2014
DVD Release Date: January 20, 2015
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Critic Score: 51% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Fans of director Terry Gilliam's trademark visual aesthetic will find everything they've bargained for, but for the unconverted, The Zero Theorem may prove too muddled to enjoy.

Ty Burr
Boston Globe

Say this for Terry Gilliam: Even when he repeats himself, he's unique.

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Wesley Morris

The culture's caught up to Gilliam. Everybody's doing Orwell now. But Gilliam's appropriation feels both aptly skeptical and unfashionably utopian.

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Kathy Fennessy
The Stranger (Seattle, WA)

When The Zero Theorem wants to have fun, it succeeds, but when it tries to drop knowledge, it fails.

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John Anderson

Gives one the sense that the ex-Monty Python-ite thinks he's at a filmmaker version of the Last Chance Saloon, manufacturing and recycling as fast as he can.

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Anthony Lane
New Yorker

There is something so generous and so full-hearted in this profusion that to complain seems churlish, but "The Zero Theorem" has a bothersome ratio of misses to hits.

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Britt Hayes

For a film about connections, Gilliam makes it too hard for his audience to connect.

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Barbara VanDenburgh
Arizona Republic

It's bursting with Gilliam's trademark manic energy, but the focus and execution are so soft that that energy ends up derailing the film instead of invigorating it.

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Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times

This "Theorem" is all sizzle, zero steak.

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Jason Bailey

While it doesn't match his previous masterpieces, it frequently manages to recapture the anti-authoritarian spirit and whirling dervish quality of his best work.

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Flixster Audience Score: 43% Flixster User Reviews
Jim Hunter
A solipsistic computer scientist is tasked to prove that humans' work amounts to nothing. Terry Gilliam's art department is on full display, but his… More
Aaron Neuwirth
Qohen Leth: Waiting for The Call. What other reason is there to pick up the phone? Director Terry Gilliam falls into the category of filmmakers that make… More
Carlos Magalhães
The production design is impressive, as well as the use of tilt shots and wide angle lenses to distort what we see, but still this is a silly and frustrating… More
Matt Goodman
Stylistic yet confusing.
Mark Hobin
The Zero Theorem has no objective to entertain with a coherent story. It's a vague rumination of a concept. The lack of specifics makes the disastrous… More
Walter M.
Theorem," Qohen(Christoph Waltz) is the best data miner in his department, at least according to Joby(David Thewlis), his supervisor. Even then, Qohen… More