Metascore
61

Generally favorable reviews - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 9
  2. Negative: 1 out of 9
  1. 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.
  2. A modern epic that fuses myth with hard-edged reality, it's a one-of-a-kind, thoroughly engaging experience.
  3. 80
    Restores our belief in the power of movies to transform reality, even temporarily. So what if it's not perfect? It's magic.
  4. What emerges, in the end, are a clever premise that has been allowed to go awry and several performances that are lively and unpredictable enough to transcend the confusion. Mr. Bridges, always a fine intuitive actor, has never displayed a greater range.
  5. If you treasure Gilliam at his best and take his ideas seriously, you'll probably be infuriated as well as delighted.
  6. A fanciful spiral of mythology, madness, cynicism and salvation.
  7. 50
    A disorganized, rambling and eccentric movie that contains some moments of truth, some moments of humor, and many moments of digression.
  8. Reviewed by: Staff (not credited)
    50
    The script never resolves the different levels on which it tries to operate, and also throws in too many loose ends which never get cleared up.
  9. Reviewed by: Michael Sragow
    10
    The movie is a peculiarly irritating failure -- a leaden piece of uplift.
User Score
8.4

Universal acclaim- based on 50 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 13
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 13
  3. Negative: 1 out of 13
  1. Jul 30, 2011
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click full review link 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! Full Review »
  2. Jun 6, 2014
    8
    A touching, and sad, but ultimately uplifting movie, The Fisher King is definitely Terry Gilliam's most accessible film. The performances areA touching, and sad, but ultimately uplifting movie, The Fisher King is definitely Terry Gilliam's most accessible film. The performances are all pretty much perfect, especially Robin Williams as a lunatic homeless man. There are some funny parts in here, but it's also a poignant examination of the tragedy people face in life and how we must overcome those obstacles. It's not quite perfect. At the beginning Gilliam goes crazy with his bizarre visual fancies. It's an original style yes, but it can also be very annoying. However, this technique works greatly when it's showing us the world from Perry's distorted point of view. Overall it's well written and deeply affecting, with the added bonus of a solid emotional payoff towards the end. I think most people will enjoy it. Full Review »
  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 andA 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. Full Review »