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8.6

Universal acclaim- based on 61 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 58 out of 61
  2. Negative: 1 out of 61
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  1. Aug 7, 2014
    7
    Overall, this one is very Terry Gilliam. It is weird in a Gilliam kind of way and is really effectively weird. As such, the direction here is strong as expected. It is not perfect, but is good as usual. In terms of the acting, Robin Williams hits a grand slam and absolutely kills it here. He really steals the show, even though Jeff Bridges is awesome as well in this one. Ultimately, theirOverall, this one is very Terry Gilliam. It is weird in a Gilliam kind of way and is really effectively weird. As such, the direction here is strong as expected. It is not perfect, but is good as usual. In terms of the acting, Robin Williams hits a grand slam and absolutely kills it here. He really steals the show, even though Jeff Bridges is awesome as well in this one. Ultimately, their acting is what makes this film what it is, but the film itself is a weird, oddly effecting, and charming, little flick that really covers all of its bases. On top of this, the script is pretty strong and it has a really nice combination of comedy and drama that go together very well in this one and the transititions between the serious and the comedic moments are almost seemless. In addition, the characters are very well developed in such a short time frame and it really lets you know their motivations well and why they act the way that they do. As a whole, The Fisher King is a solid film that works very well for what it is. Expand
  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 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 quiteA 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. 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.
  4. 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
  5. 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.
  6. JayH
    Oct 18, 2009
    7
    An unusual story, very well handled. It does go off the deep end a little to much, but it still works. The acting is excellent - Robin Williams, Amanda Plummer and Jeff Bridges are great, Mercedes Ruehl is amazing.
  7. PaulE
    Dec 8, 2007
    10
    The Fisher King is actually one of the most beautiful and effecting movies I've ever seen. The acting is great (most notably Jeff Bridges did a fantastic work!), the story is interesting and sows the seeds for a the expressive directing and visualisation of director Terry Gilliam.
  8. Nicole
    Feb 10, 2005
    10
    I thought it was hilarious. So outspoken and humorous. Williams kick's ass
  9. M.S.
    Feb 8, 2004
    3
    About the most over the top and pretentious a movie could be.
  10. DanC.
    Feb 1, 2004
    8
    I liked this movie. The performances are great. I like it when they mix what's going on in Parry's mind with the real world. The movie has its moments.
  11. PatC.
    Jan 8, 2004
    6
    Started out well, but I was pretty disoriented by the end. Gilliam has his apologists, but there's barely enough time in life to watch the very best movies.
  12. YoonMinC.
    Sep 27, 2003
    7
    Gilliam is a misconceived artistic brew. An iconoclast of the Monty Python mold, he's also a momumentalist, a gigantist with zero understanding of proportion, nor even about the appropriate chemistry among different genres or art. He throws everything into a huge pot--highbrow literature, lowbrow cartoons, pulp, propaganda, avante garde films--and let's it boil over. Look what Gilliam is a misconceived artistic brew. An iconoclast of the Monty Python mold, he's also a momumentalist, a gigantist with zero understanding of proportion, nor even about the appropriate chemistry among different genres or art. He throws everything into a huge pot--highbrow literature, lowbrow cartoons, pulp, propaganda, avante garde films--and let's it boil over. Look what he has done to 1984 with Brazil or to Le Jette with 12 Monkeys. Thankfully, Fisher King has, at the very least, two central characters we care about, and the emotional climax is so genuinely poignant that we don't care about Gilliam's litterstrewn wonderland. Funny, but why this film works is a paradox. Yes, Gilliam's visual mess is as annoying and obnoxious as ever but we need it in order to escape into the quiet zone of love and friendship so beautifully emoted by Williams and Bridges. Expand
  13. Gilbert
    Nov 13, 2002
    9
    Good one. Very good one. Jeff Bridges has rarely been better, Robin Williams has never been hairier, Mercedes Ruehl has never been. What? You don't agree? Well....FORGIVE ME! (suddenly and violently gets beaten to death)
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. A fanciful spiral of mythology, madness, cynicism and salvation.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.