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  • Summary: An eccentric and reclusive computer genius (Christoph Waltz) plagued with existential angst works on a mysterious project
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 10
  2. Negative: 1 out of 10
  1. Reviewed by: Philip Kemp
    Mar 10, 2014
    80
    The future as candy-coloured paranoid nightmare: not quite Gilliam’s best, but still the most satisfying movie he’s made for years.
  2. Reviewed by: Kim Newman
    Mar 10, 2014
    80
    It’s the tangle of workings-out not the easy answer that are the proof of a theorem, and that magnificent, sparkling, insightful chaos abounds here.
  3. Reviewed by: Mary Corliss
    Sep 16, 2013
    70
    The Zero Theorem is a spectacle that demands to be cherished — as long as the society Gilliam portrays is a satire, not a prophesy.
  4. Reviewed by: Xan Brooks
    Sep 16, 2013
    60
    The film has a ragged charm, a Tiggerish bounce, and a certain sweet melancholy that bubbles up near the end.
  5. Reviewed by: Dave Calhoun
    Sep 16, 2013
    60
    It’s anarchic, sometimes amusing, intermittently tedious, with ideas about digital alienation and the corruption of technology that too often feel blunt and tired.
  6. Reviewed by: Deborah Young
    Sep 16, 2013
    40
    It doesn’t really add up to much, beyond a timely reminder that it would be better for everyone to stop uploading and downloading and just unplug and be human.
  7. Reviewed by: Leslie Felperin
    Sep 16, 2013
    30
    A sci-fi confection that, at best, momentarily recalls the dystopian whimsy of the director’s best-loved effort, “Brazil,” but ends up dissolving into a muddle of unfunny jokes and half-baked ideas, all served up with that painful, herky-jerky Gilliam rhythm.

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