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  • Summary: Terry Gilliam's romantic parable The Fisher King delves deep into the nature of love and loss, of guilt and redemption, of character and tragedy. (Tri-Star)
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 9
  2. Negative: 1 out of 9
  1. A modern epic that fuses myth with hard-edged reality, it's a one-of-a-kind, thoroughly engaging experience.
  2. Reviewed by: Staff (Not credited)
    90
    The Fisher King has two actors at the top of their form, and a compelling, well-directed and well-produced story.
  3. If you treasure Gilliam at his best and take his ideas seriously, you'll probably be infuriated as well as delighted.
  4. 80
    Restores our belief in the power of movies to transform reality, even temporarily. So what if it's not perfect? It's magic.
  5. A fanciful spiral of mythology, madness, cynicism and salvation.
  6. 50
    A disorganized, rambling and eccentric movie that contains some moments of truth, some moments of humor, and many moments of digression.
  7. Reviewed by: Michael Sragow
    10
    The movie is a peculiarly irritating failure -- a leaden piece of uplift.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 11
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 11
  3. Negative: 1 out of 11
  1. Jul 30, 2011
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. A great movie! Terry Giliam does a very good job at the directing. The acting is at it's finest and tells a really great story. The scene were Perry's Wife dies is heart-breaking and leaves you in shock and awe. I really recommend this movie to anyone who loves movies! Expand
  2. Mar 18, 2011
    10
    A true Gilliam film. Wonderful to watch. Among the best surreal comedy drama flicks of the 90s. A thoroughly emotional, wild tour of the darkest and funniest sides of existential spectra. Expand
  3. Feb 15, 2014
    9
    A rather smart, deep and complex movie by Terry Gilliam with his exemplary touch of craziness in a good way. A lot of good ideas and outstanding actors make the movie very enjoyable. Expand

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