Twelve Monkeys (12 Monkeys)
Twelve Monkeys (12 Monkeys) (1995)

An intense film about time travel, this sci-fi entry was directed by Terry Gilliam, a member of the comedy troupe Monty Python. The film stars Bruce Willis as James Cole, a prisoner of the state in the year 2035 who can earn parole if he… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: December 27, 1995
DVD Release Date: March 31, 1998
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Critic Score: 88% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The plot's a bit of a jumble, but excellent performances and mind-blowing plot twists make 12 Monkeys a kooky, effective experience.

Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

While all of Gilliam's movies are worth seeing, there's a fair amount of his designer grimness here mixed in with the cabaret comedy.

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Emanuel Levy

Dark and somber like Blade Runner, this sci-fi is a spectacular mess, a convoluted film with too many ideas for its own good, blending (among other things) the virus thriller with the post-apocalyptic genre.

Rob Vaux

Terry Gilliam always had a unique spin on dystopian fantasy

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Variety Staff

Neither as visually compelling as Brazil nor as emotionally gripping as The Fisher King.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

There's always overripe method to his madness, but in the new 12 Monkeys Mr. Gilliam's methods are uncommonly wrenching and strong.

Joe Leydon
The Moving Picture Show

Constantly surprising and consistently unsettling.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

Gilliam gives the material a lunatic poetry of his own, but remains impervious to the requirements of narrative pacing.

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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

Bruce Willis, in an eruptive performance of startling emotional intensity, stars as Cole, a prisoner tagged for an experiment that may get him killed.

Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

One of the best-looking and smartest sci-fi films of the modern era.

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Flixster Audience Score: 88% Flixster User Reviews
Bob Stinson
An overwrought, messy, and confusing sci-fi with a silly Hitchcock nod at the end. Terry Gilliam has one of the world's great fertile imaginations but I… More
Daniel Mumby
Just as Star Wars shifted the focus of science fiction from inner space to outer space, so there is a trend in the 1980s and 1990s for time travel films which… More
Kevin M. Williams
what if you knew it was insane to visit your own past, to go there to your past to try to change it, especially if changing your past meant that you… More
Christian C
Strange. Disturbing. Over-the-top. Yet, strangely involving. Brad Pitt's acting is unique in this flick. Enjoy -- on an unconventional evening.
Film Crazy
Average sci-fi drama that is somewhat interesting. The concept is interesting and the acting superb, however it's promises so much but executed in a way… More
Kase Vollebregt
'12 Monkeys' is easily one of the best science fiction movies of all time. I am not a huge fan of Gilliam's style and some parts of the story may… More