Time Bandits
Time Bandits (1981)

A young boy joins a group of renegade dwarves on an unpredictable journey through time in this humorous fantasy. Monty Python animator Terry Gilliam mostly achieves a tricky balancing act in his second feature as sole director, creating a… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: November 6, 1981
DVD Release Date: March 30, 1999
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Critic Score: 91% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Time Bandits is a remarkable time-travel fantasy from Terry Gilliam, who utilizes fantastic set design and homemade special effects to create a vivid, original universe.

Variety Staff

When you can count the laughs in a comedy on the fingers of one hand, it isn't so funny.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Amazingly well-produced. The historic locations are jammed with character and detail. This is the only live-action movie I've seen that literally looks like pages out of Heavy Metal magazine.

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Sean Axmaker
Parallax View

It's a strange and weird and wonderful mix of boy's own adventure, Python-esque humor, and grim irony, all wrapped in tall tales, ancient myths, and historical figures.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

The film is resolutely, passionately antiadult, yet much of the humor has an adult sophistication and edge to it; this is one kids' movie that doesn't condescend.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

A cheerfully irreverent lark -- part fairy tale, part science fiction and part comedy.

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Dan Jardine

Gilliam opts for an acerbic and often nasty tone that risks offending the very audience at which it purported to be aimed.

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Nigel Floyd
Time Out

Gilliam fills the screen with bizarre images, and directs with a breathless ingenuity.

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James Berardinelli

Perhaps the greatest characteristic attributable to Time Bandits is its sense of invention. The movie does so many things, all of them well.

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Tasha Robinson
The Dissolve

Time Bandits is one of Gilliam's more chaotic films, which is really saying something, but his six time-bandits fill the screen with fractious energy.

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Flixster Audience Score: 77% Flixster User Reviews
Phil Hubbs
Is Terry Gilliam riding on the coattails of Monty Python with this film? his cast does include a few Python members in small cameos and the films direction is… More
Kevin M. Williams
Five dwarves, bored with their everyday tedium, steal a map from God Himself and take it on the lam with hopes of using the purloined item to secure the usual:… More
Tim Salmons
No Terry Gilliam film is without its flaws. His work is usually fleeting and nebulous within the confines of the narrative, which is usually whimsical in… More
Jacob Ethington
To be honest, there is a part of me that doesn't understand why I like this movie. Some of the effects haven't aged very well, some of the humor falls… More
Graham Jones
A spectacular fantasy for children and adults alike.
Aj V
I saw this movie a long time ago when I was a kid or something, and I thought it was stupid.