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  • Summary: Qohen (Christoph Waltz), an eccentric and reclusive computer genius living in isolation, obsessively works on a mysterious project personally delegated to him by Management (Matt Damon) aimed at discovering the meaning of life – or the complete lack of one—once and for all. Increasingly disturbed by visits from people he doesn’t fully trust, including the flirtatious Bainsley (Mélanie Thierry), his unpredictable supervisor Job (David Thewlis), and would-be digital therapist Dr. Shrink-Rom (Tilda Swinton), it’s only when he experiences the power of love and desire that he’s able to understand his own reason for being. Expand
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  1. Positive: 8 out of 26
  2. Negative: 5 out of 26
  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: 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.
  3. 63
    Like “Brazil” and “Twelve Monkeys,” it’s about human connections in a technologically warped world rendered lonely and unlivable by the lack of those connections.
  4. 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.
  5. Reviewed by: Mike D'Angelo
    Sep 17, 2014
    42
    If only this imaginative environment were populated with a single compelling character or stimulating idea, rather than serving as busy distraction from the narrative tedium.
  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: 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.

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  1. Sep 20, 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 be tied up with a bow, you will need to look for it somewhere else. Expand

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