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  • Summary: The adventures of legendary fairytale scribes Will and Jake Grimm, two brothers who travel around the Napoleonic countryside vanquishing monsters and demons in exchange for quick money. But when the French authorities figure out their scheme, the con men are forced to contend with a real magical curse when they enter an enchanted forest where young maidens keep disappearing under mysterious circumstances. (Miramax) Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 36
  2. Negative: 5 out of 36
  1. Gilliam has rarely been more inventive, energetic, or just plain funny.
  2. 75
    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.
  3. Reviewed by: 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 50
    The Brothers Grimm gives you plenty to look at, but it's not much to see.
  6. 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.
  7. Gilliam does two things well: mud and trees.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 35
  2. Negative: 13 out of 35
  1. CodyP.
    Sep 13, 2005
    This movie is TIGHT!!!
  2. JanY.
    Sep 5, 2005
    Trust Terry Gilliam's ability to con and bring fantasy to the audience in the same way we have fantasized and conned little children to uphold the Grimm Brothers' tales as sweet and cool bedtime stories. Absolutely a very creative and fun adventure story in which the two famous brothers are seen living out their own fairy tales! It's a joy to be fantasized by fantasies. Expand
  3. ChrisK.
    Aug 30, 2005
    An underated movie to be sure. After seeing all the bad reviews I had to go see it. I found it entertaining, a little funny and occasionaly a little scary. The plot was easy enough to follow if you pay attention to what is going on. Anyone expecting a "normal" movie from Terry Gilliam has obviously not seen his other movies. I enjoyed this movie more than most of the junk Ive seen this year so I gave it 8 stars. Expand
  4. May 29, 2011
    For those who likes Grimms is good, for those who don't like them is a kinda boring. I think the story showed by a sensational way the fancy world of brothers Grimms. Expand
  5. JonM.
    Aug 18, 2006
    So much potential gone to waste. Occaisonal spots of Gilliam's ingenious directorial flair get lost in a disjointed story line. The film seems to swing between childrens fantasy and attempts at more adult horror, leaving it lost some where in the middle. I can only assume Hollywood money men reigned in Gilliam to keep the age cert. down, hence this confused state the film exists in. Expand
  6. MamieD.
    Aug 29, 2005
    This was an ugly movie, both in tone and visualization. About the only thing attractive in the movie were the horses. There was no sense of wonder, nothing to admire or root for and what passed for comedic relief was irritating and tiresome--not funny. Rather than exploring why German folk tales were so dark, the movie seems to enjoy wallowing in a squalid portrayal of its story. Expand
  7. CarrieM.
    Aug 26, 2005
    I walked out it was so bad. Rather than scary it was laughable.

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