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The Zero Theorem

Drama . Fantasy . Science Fiction . Sci-Fi

A computer hacker's goal to discover the reason for human existence continually finds his work interrupted thanks to the Management; this time, they send a teenager and lusty love interest to distract him.

Actors: Christoph Waltz , David Thewlis , Mélanie Thierry , Lucas Hedges , Matt Damon , Ben Whishaw , Tilda Swinton , Sanjeev Bhaskar , Margarita Doyle , Rupert Friend , Gwendoline Christie , Ray Cooper
Directors: Terry Gilliam
Release: 2014-08-19
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  • Philip Kemp

    The future as candy-coloured paranoid nightmare: not quite Gilliam’s best, but still the most satisfying movie he’s made for years.

    Total Film Full Review
  • Kim Newman

    It’s the tangle of workings-out not the easy answer that are the proof of a theorem, and that magnificent, sparkling, insightful chaos abounds here.

    Empire Full Review
  • Bilge Ebiri

    It starts off as a mess, yes, but eventually finds itself in a very poignant place. Even a lesser Terry Gilliam film is usually more engaging and invigorating than most of the other movies out there.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Mary Corliss

    The Zero Theorem is a spectacle that demands to be cherished — as long as the society Gilliam portrays is a satire, not a prophesy.

    Time Full Review
  • Oliver Lyttelton

    There’s much to like, from Waltz’s performance to the typically rich production and costume design.

    The Playlist Full Review
  • Matt Zoller Seitz

    No matter how feverishly Gilliam directs and no matter how enthusiastically his actors act, the whole thing remains too, er, theoretical. Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    Like “Brazil” and “Twelve Monkeys,” it’s about human connections in a technologically warped world rendered lonely and unlivable by the lack of those connections.

    McClatchy-Tribune News Service Full Review
  • Geoff Pevere

    At once cluttered and cavernous, hysterical and static, romantic and cynical, The Zero Theorem works most effectively moment by moment and in the details.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Barbara VanDenburgh

    The Zero Theorem feels like Gilliam's keen intellect chasing its own tail.

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • A.O. Scott

    Even as Mr. Gilliam assails the tedium and pointlessness of Qohen’s existence, The Zero Theorem succumbs to those forces, spinning its wheels and repeating its jokes in a manic frenzy that is never as funny or as mind-blowing as it wants to be.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Joe Neumaier

    This all feels like an homage to Gilliam’s “Brazil,” though Zero Theorem also has shadows of “12 Monkeys” and other films in the onetime Monty Python animator’s cinematic carnival.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • John Bleasdale

    All of Gilliam's little details are fun and there are some laugh-out-loud lines, but the actual story itself is never compelling and simply doesn't zip as it should.

    CineVue Full Review
  • Anthony Lane

    All this leaves The Zero Theorem looking both disorderly and stuck. And yet, to my surprise, on returning for a second viewing I found myself moved by the film — by the very doggedness with which it both hunts for and despairs of meaning.

    The New Yorker Full Review
  • Tasha Robinson

    It isn’t just that Gilliam’s ragged, wild style is easily recognizable after nearly four decades of feature films, it’s a sense that Zero Theorem recycles its tone, visual design, and plot points directly from his past work.

    The Dissolve Full Review
  • Dave Calhoun

    It’s anarchic, sometimes amusing, intermittently tedious, with ideas about digital alienation and the corruption of technology that too often feel blunt and tired.

    Time Out London Full Review
  • Xan Brooks

    The film has a ragged charm, a Tiggerish bounce, and a certain sweet melancholy that bubbles up near the end.

    The Guardian Full Review
  • Ty Burr

    Orwellian paranoia doesn’t die, it just gets fresh trimmings, and while The Zero Theorem is as messy and overstuffed as Fibber McGilliam’s closet, its sorrow and anger and demented humor strike just enough fresh sparks to keep this career alive.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Stephanie Zacharek

    Too bad the story tucked around all that production design is such a futuristic drag.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Mike D'Angelo

    If only this imaginative environment were populated with a single compelling character or stimulating idea, rather than serving as busy distraction from the narrative tedium.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Gary Goldstein

    This "Theorem" is all sizzle, zero steak.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Mike Scott

    As a collective thing, though, those moments add up to a messy, all-over-the-map movie that toys with big, existential thoughts, but it doesn't have a coherent enough story with which to drive them home.

    New Orleans Times-Picayune Full Review
  • Deborah Young

    It doesn’t really add up to much, beyond a timely reminder that it would be better for everyone to stop uploading and downloading and just unplug and be human.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Robbie Collin

    Raucous but fatally confused, openly pilfering its central themes from Gilliam’s own 1985 masterpiece Brazil, but with no idea how to develop them.

    The Telegraph Full Review
  • Kyle Smith

    Another project whose narrative gets swallowed by its design.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Chuck Bowen

    Terry Gilliam has imposed a mix tape of his greatest hits, whose greatness was debatable to begin with, on a whiff of a story that might've flourished under the maxim "less is more."

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Ann Hornaday

    The Zero Theorem doesn’t fully earn the elaborately conceived scaffolding on which its relatively tame ideas are hoisted.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Leslie Felperin

    A sci-fi confection that, at best, momentarily recalls the dystopian whimsy of the director’s best-loved effort, “Brazil,” but ends up dissolving into a muddle of unfunny jokes and half-baked ideas, all served up with that painful, herky-jerky Gilliam rhythm.

    Variety Full Review
  • Michael Ordona

    Zero is more of an intellectual exercise in which you’re never given all the variables to solve the problem — and then you find your calculator was on acid the whole time anyway.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
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