Generally favorable reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 15
  2. Negative: 1 out of 15
  1. Reviewed by: Judy Stone
    Aided by the luscious cinematography of Giuseppe Rotunno (one of Fellini's favorites) and the illustrious production design of Dante Ferretti, Gilliam has clearly won this round to preserve magic and wonder on the screen. [8 Mar 1989, p.E1]
  2. 90
    Terry Gilliam's The Adventures of Baron Munchausen is a wondrous feat of imagination. In terms of sheer inventiveness, it makes the other movies around these days look paltry and underfed. The worlds Gilliam has created here are like the ones he created in his animations for Monty Python -- they have a majestic peculiarity. And you're constantly amazed by the freshness and eccentricity of what is pushed in front of your eyes.
  3. Reviewed by: Desson Howe
    Terry Gilliam is the wit behind this lavish display of sieges, sea-creature tussles and trips to the moon. Adapting the handed-down stories of Baron Von Munchausen, an 18th-century spinner of tall tales, this modern maker of similar flights of fancy has created another brilliantly inventive epic of fantasy and satire.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 19 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. Aug 13, 2014
    A little bit too long, the movie doesn't fail to entertain. Gilliam had a great vision and an idea of imagination and he successfully put it on the screen. Great performances, matching music and a touch of Terry. Even non-Gilliam lovers are going to at least like this movie. Full Review »
  2. Dec 14, 2013
    Touching on compelling thematic ideas such as the importance of imagination, the nature of death, and even Cartesian Dualism, Terry Gilliam's "The Adventures Of Baron Munchausen" may be a potentially batty picture, but thanks to some delightful humor and breathtaking sets, it's also damn fun. Full Review »
  3. JamesH.
    Nov 15, 2009
    Offbeat and it certainly is imaginative. It is also not for all tastes. You have to admire the creativity involved. Exceptional special effects, a very interesting film, but why on earth didn't they edit it more, it's way too long. Full Review »