Tideland (2006)

A young girl named Jeliza-Rose is transported to her grandparents' farm following her mother's drug overdose. Once there, she embarks on a fantastic voyage into a world of bog men and disembodied Barbie heads.

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Rated: R
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Release Date: October 13, 2006
DVD Release Date: February 27, 2007
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Critic Score: 29% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Tideland is a disturbing, and mostly unwatchable effort from Terry Gilliam.

Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times

Honest, unflinching and worthy of reappraisal.

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Ty Burr
Boston Globe

The movie itself feels like an overstuffed burrito: Nicola Pecorini's cinematography has verve but no visual sense, and the film's self-important pace turns deadening over the long haul.

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Luke Goodsell
Empire Magazine Australasia

Surreal, inspired cinema from Gilliam that refuses to sugar-coat the dark imagination of children.

Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

The literal train wreck that caps the film is an apt metaphor for this hallucinatory fiasco.

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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post

Becomes an excruciating exercise in gothic excess and progressively more disgusting imagery.

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Ian Buckwalter

...in the midst of all the perverse chaos, a story emerges that is easily the most tender and even sentimental in all of Gilliam's work.

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Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle

Pointless and an excruciating bore.

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Susan Walker
Toronto Star

A triumph of costuming and production design over plot, theme and main characters.

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Cole Smithey

It seems, from the flat-out filmic disaster of "Tideland," that director Terry Gilliam is intent on ensuring a decisive end to his checkered filmmaking career.

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Stephen M
Terry Gilliam hasn't exactly dazzled us with either the quantity or the quality of his work in recent years though this is still easily the best thing he… More
Conner Rainwater
Such an odd and when deeply looked into, a very demented children's story. I don't think there's every going to be a movie again that uses a… More
Megan S
I just don't know what to say about this movie. It was visually stunning and I love the camera angles (it was through the eyes of a child). The little… More
Daniel Mumby
Sometimes it is fun to criticise films: one gets a certain snobbish thrill from kicking seven bells out of the latest Hollywood dreck. But with Tideland,… More
Greg S
A girl left alone in an old country house retreats into a fantasy world after being left to her own devices by her junkie father, all the while not recognizing… More

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