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  • Release Date: Sep 19, 2014
Metascore
50

Mixed or average reviews - based on 28 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 28
  2. Negative: 5 out of 28
  1. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Sep 18, 2014
    38
    Another project whose narrative gets swallowed by its design.
  2. Reviewed by: Chuck Bowen
    Sep 13, 2014
    38
    Terry Gilliam has imposed a mix tape of his greatest hits, whose greatness was debatable to begin with, on a whiff of a story that might've flourished under the maxim "less is more."
  3. Reviewed by: Ann Hornaday
    Sep 18, 2014
    37
    The Zero Theorem doesn’t fully earn the elaborately conceived scaffolding on which its relatively tame ideas are hoisted.
  4. 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.
  5. Reviewed by: Michael Ordona
    Sep 18, 2014
    25
    Zero is more of an intellectual exercise in which you’re never given all the variables to solve the problem — and then you find your calculator was on acid the whole time anyway.
User Score
6.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 12 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Oct 24, 2014
    7
    Quirky and philosophical, The Zero Theorem follows in the idiom of many of Mr. Gilliam's previous films. There is an intense discomfort with technology and the alienation of modern life where the search for meaning reveals only more profound layers of ambiguity. This is a harrowing examination of the paradoxes of love, faith in the face of the inexorable chaos of human life. You'll dig The Zero Theorem if you are at peace with living in doubt. If you need to feel reassured that everything will ultimately comfortably resolved, you will need to look for it somewhere else Full Review »
  2. Oct 12, 2014
    8
    'Why would you want to prove all is for nothing?' This quote from the movie pretty much sums it up. Don't read any reviews, including this one, and since you are now reading it, you have failed to fullfil the imperative. So in the same way, when you watch the film to find what is the meaning of life, the fact that you are watching a Gilliam film makes it so you will not find any, since Gilliam will always kindle warm fuzzies in your heart at first but leave a void in your guts after. Full Review »
  3. Sep 25, 2014
    7
    The main criticism of The Zero Theorem seems to be that it lacks a plot, or that the plot is poorly developed. This complaint just demonstrates that movie viewers want a canned, straightforward, easily explained plot, and they shut down if they don't get one. The thing is, this movie does have a plot, it's just loosely structured and never fully explained. With this film, Mr. Gilliam wants to challenge the viewer and make him or her guess what's really happening. I for one love to be challenged by movies that leave the story open to interpretation. The Zero Theorem is not Mr. Gilliam's best work. However, like the director's other movies, this movie is ingenious and really fun to watch. Mr. Gilliam is still a cinematic master so go out and see The Zero Theorem! Full Review »