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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: 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.
  2. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Sep 18, 2014
    38
    Another project whose narrative gets swallowed by its design.
  3. 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.
  4. 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."
  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
6.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 16 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. Nov 13, 2014
    8
    This movie is a huge allusion on our modern society and our place in it. At first The Zero Theorem seems like a bright and quirky mess, but later you can just start seeing yourself in Christoph Waltz's characters: you do not get why should you go to the office to work, you feel like your life has no meaning, you have lost contatc with other people and along with that you just forget that you still have a life to live and enjoy. I can't understand why the score is so low. Full Review »
  2. Nov 7, 2014
    8
    This is Gilliam unleashed, and it is quite the visual spectacle, however at times it lacks a certain cohesiveness amongst the chaos, putting it below his best works like Brazil and 12 Monkeys, but it is still a massively enjoyable film with a superb central performance from Christoph Waltz. Full Review »
  3. 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 »