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Twelve Monkeys

Science Fiction . Thriller . Mystery . Sci-Fi

In the year 2035, convict James Cole reluctantly volunteers to be sent back in time to discover the origin of a deadly virus that wiped out nearly all of the earth's population and forced the survivors into underground communities. But when Cole is mistakenly sent to 1990 instead of 1996, he's arrested and locked up in a mental hospital. There he meets psychiatrist Dr. Kathryn Railly, and patient Jeffrey Goines, the son of a famous virus expert, who may hold the key to the mysterious rogue group, the Army of the 12 Monkeys, thought to be responsible for unleashing the killer disease.

Actors: Bruce Willis , Madeleine Stowe , Brad Pitt , Christopher Plummer , David Morse , Jon Seda , Frank Gorshin , Joseph Melito , Aaron Michael Lacey , Christopher Meloni , Michael Chance
Directors: Terry Gilliam
Country: USA
Release: 1996-01-05
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  • Marc Savlov

    Gilliam keeps the audience guessing, and in doing so creates a startlingly effective rumination on the nature of sanity and madness cloaked in the shroud of a sci-fi thriller.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • David Sterritt

    Bruce Willis is bruisingly good as the hero and Brad Pitt is suitably zany as the activist who dogs his trail.

    Christian Science Monitor Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    Gilliam, along with the gifted cinematographer Roger Pratt and production designer Jeffrey Beecroft, fashions a disturbing and dazzling lost world.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Elvis Mitchell

    Fierce and disturbing, with a plot that skillfully resists following any familiar course. The film's hero fears that he's half-crazy, and for two hours Mr. Gilliam artfully keeps his audience feeling the same way.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Rick Groen

    For all his daring, the brazen creator maintains control - there's aesthetic order in the disorder, and calculated reason in the madness. Seldom has it felt so good to seem so lost.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    It's refreshing to encounter a movie with a logical, intelligent approach to the dangers of zipping through time.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Barbara Shulgasser

    One of the qualities that makes "12 Monkeys" so good is the fact that it is almost too complicated to explain.

    San Francisco Examiner Full Review
  • Mike Clark

    A Hitchcockian chase...A crowd-pleasing airport-pursuit pic. [27 Dec 1995, p.D1]

    USA Today Full Review
  • Owen Gleiberman

    As the jabbering psychotic Jeffrey Goines, Brad Pitt has a rabid, get-a-load-of-me deviousness that works for the film's central mystery: We can't tell where the fanatic leaves off and the put-on artist begins.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Scott Rosenberg

    To Gilliam's quiver of attributes this new movie adds a quality that's on the endangered list in today's Hollywood: coherence. Full Review
  • Staff (Not Credited)

    That Terry Gilliam managed to make Twelve Monkeys into a clever, complex, and poignant success is as astonishing as it is satisfying.

    TV Guide Magazine Full Review
  • Roger Ebert

    Any laughs that it inspires will be very hollow. It's more of a celebration of madness and doom, with a hero who tries to prevail against the chaos of his condition, and is inadequate.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Peter Stack

    A grandiose cinematic invention, cleverly turning the present-day urban American world on its ear.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Desson Thomson

    In a movie in which time travel is used to rectify the past, it's too bad scriptwriters David and Janet Peoples didn't go through the time/space tunnel to work on that first draft again.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Rita Kempley

    A densely plotted, visually dynamic post-apocalyptic thriller.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Jonathan Rosenbaum

    Brad Pitt has fun with his secondary part as a pontificating lunatic, but I wish I'd enjoyed the rest of the cast more.

    Chicago Reader Full Review
  • Terrence Rafferty

    But finally the film is no more than a flamboyant curiosity, replacing the spooky obsessiveness of "La Jetée" with a much tamer kind of weirdness. Also with Brad Pitt, in a showy role as a voluble lunatic; he's dreadful.

    The New Yorker Full Review
  • Emanuel Levy

    Gilliam's work is long on sensibility, short on sense.

    Variety Full Review
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