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The Brothers Grimm

Thriller . Comedy . Action . Fantasy . Adventure

Folklore collectors and con artists, Jake and Will Grimm, travel from village to village pretending to protect townsfolk from enchanted creatures and performing exorcisms. They are put to the test, however, when they encounter a real magical curse in a haunted forest with real magical beings, requiring genuine courage.

Actors: Jeremy Robson , Anna Rust , Petr Ratimec , Barbora Lukesová , Richard Ridings , Lena Headey , Monica Bellucci , Jonathan Pryce , Peter Stormare , Roger Ashton-Griffiths , Mackenzie Crook , Matt Damon , Heath Ledger
Directors: Terry Gilliam
Release: 2005-08-26
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  • David Sterritt

    Gilliam has rarely been more inventive, energetic, or just plain funny.

    Christian Science Monitor Full Review
  • Michael Atkinson

    Just as fabulously cartoon-Gothic as "Sleepy Hollow."

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Jonathan Rosenbaum

    This brisk, free-falling fantasy about the famous collators of German fairy tales, played here as a kind of comedy act by Matt Damon and Heath Ledger, is Terry Gilliam's most entertaining work since the glory days of "Time Bandits," "Brazil," "The Adventures of Baron Munchausen," and "The Fisher King."

    Chicago Reader Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    If you're a Gilliam junkie, as I am, you go with it, even when the script by Ehren Kruger (The Skeleton Key) loses its shaky hold on coherence.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Glenn Kenny

    In the end it's still Gilliam Lite, but Gilliam Lite is better than no Gilliam at all.

    Premiere Full Review
  • Shawn Levy

    The result is minor Gilliam: still more engaging than most moviemaking, but nonetheless a letdown after such a long wait.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • William Arnold

    It's a barrage of visual stimulation so excessive that it's hard to sort it all out. But it's often funny, its texture can be breathtaking and its pleasures likely will grow with repeated viewings.

    Seattle Post-Intelligencer Full Review
  • Ken Fox

    Damon, an underrated comic actor, is particularly good as an ultra-rationalist who'll scream like a girl and run from anything he can't immediately explain.

    TV Guide Full Review
  • Jami Bernard

    The result is a bit of a mess: sometimes delightful, sometimes tedious, always creative.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Steven Rea

    If The Brothers Grimm flies apart like a badly designed airplane (and it does), it still has more going for it than most of the movie fare this summer.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Ty Burr

    An absurd mess that's more entertaining than it has any right to be.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Rick Groen

    Sorry, but the real Grimms did a whole lot more with a great deal less.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Kirk Honeycutt

    Hugely ambitious but often failing to live up to those ambitions, Terry Gilliam's long-awaited The Brothers Grimm emerges as a folkloric adventure that intermittently entertains.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Dan Jolin

    Gilliam at his best and his worst.

    Empire Full Review
  • Owen Gleiberman

    Strenous yet flat, The Brothers Grimm is a let's-see-what-sticks spectacle that, coming from Terry Gilliam, is more grim than "Grimm."

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Roger Ebert

    A work of limitless invention, but it is invention without pattern, chasing itself around the screen without finding a plot.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Michael Phillips

    Never calms down for a second. It's the visual equivalent of the "Sabre Dance," and its only oxygen comes from the actors, who are quite good.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Rene Rodriguez

    The Brothers Grimm gives you plenty to look at, but it's not much to see.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Lou Lumenick

    Seriously lost in the woods. This aimless epic about a pair of charlatan brothers sinks under the weight of a problematic script, questionable star casting, hamfisted editing -- and penny-pinching by Gilliam’s latest patrons, the Brothers Weinstein.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Mike Clark

    Brothers never catches fire the way Gilliam's "The Adventures of Baron Munchausen" did. And you almost feel during subpar special effects that sweaty stagehands are pushing the trees around.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Chris Kaltenbach

    Neither Grimm comes across as especially interesting to watch, and neither does anything in the movie offer much to get excited about.

    Baltimore Sun Full Review
  • Marjorie Baumgarten

    Although Gilliam's bright color palette and weird camera angles lift the film, it has an overall sense of darkness, as if shot among people who have yet to see the Age of Enlightenment.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Stephanie Zacharek

    Although The Brothers Grimm is partly an inventive fantasy, it's also a cluttered, jangly action picture, and there's too much noise and commotion for Gilliam's subtler ideas to really resonate. Full Review
  • Nathan Rabin

    The Brothers Grimm reeks of compromise, of a brilliant fantasist losing his footing and nerve and getting hopelessly gummed up in the cruel machinery of big-budget blockbuster filmmaking.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Kenneth Turan

    Unfortunately, although Gilliam has always had a taste for the outre, he has allowed it to get out of hand here and swallow the picture whole. There's an excessiveness, an unwelcome too-muchness to "Grimm's" creepy moments.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Manohla Dargis

    Kitted out in period garb and dubious British accents, the actors throw themselves into this flimsy contrivance with energy, but are badly served by a director focused on flipping switches and twirling knobs. Despite a few early sparks of promise The Brothers Grimm sputters and coughs along like an unoiled machine, grinding gears and nerves in equal measure.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • David Edelstein

    Like a lot of Gilliam's movies it's too overloaded--antic, indulgent, overdesigned--to get off the ground for more than a minute or two at a stretch.

    Slate Full Review
  • Robert Koehler

    The tilt here toward a hyperactive, buddy-movie action-adventure with loud comic archetypes is a poor fit for a film that relies on fairy tale icons and themes.

    Variety Full Review
  • Pete Vonder Haar

    On the whole, The Brothers Grimm is a mess; a formerly daring director’s attempt to cash in on big studio backing even after the rug has been pulled out from under him.

    Film Threat Full Review
  • Scott Foundas

    This is one of the most visually off-putting films ever made by a director who supposedly makes beautiful pictures.

    L.A. Weekly Full Review
  • Lawrence Toppman

    The film seems almost intentionally bad in most ways, as if Gilliam were expressing a suicide wish for his directing career.

    Charlotte Observer Full Review
  • Robert Wilonsky

    It's easily the ugliest film Gilliam's ever made, a movie shot with a lens someone forgot to wipe. It's also his loudest: Every scene is amped up to 11, and every line of dialogue is delivered as though it's a cry for help from the bottom of the well.

    Dallas Observer Full Review
  • Michael O'Sullivan

    Not terrible so much as terminally silly.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Mick LaSalle

    It's the cinematic equivalent of an all-dessert meal: After the initial jolt, the lack of any real nourishment is apparent, and it becomes a struggle to stay awake.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Stephen Hunter

    Gilliam does two things well: mud and trees.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Jim Fusilli

    A wildly wondrous reinvention of the story of the chroniclers of dark, occasionally horrific, child-pleasing fairy tales.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
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