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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 23
  2. Negative: 16 out of 23
  1. It's crazy, dangerous and sometimes gorgeous: a feast of nuttiness that takes you, for a while, over the edge.
  2. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    63
    By turns fascinating and intolerable.
  3. Tideland is the easiest of Gilliam's films to follow, yet the most disturbing to watch.
  4. Reviewed by: Leslie Felperin
    30
    Dragged down by a sputtering script and torpid pacing. Way too disturbing for kids and too weird for most grown-ups.
  5. Borderline unwatchable, although, as is true of all Gilliam movies, it certainly is different.
  6. 20
    The worst that can be said of the first two-thirds of Tideland is that it is tiresome. Toward the end it becomes creepy, and not in a good way.
  7. 0
    Rarely has an act of such cinematic cruelty as Tideland been perpetrated on filmgoers.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 25
  2. Negative: 5 out of 25
  1. Jan 19, 2013
    10
    One of Gilliam' best. Beautiful, funny, dark. Most critics, it seems, we're too terrified by the image of a retarded man kissing a young girl. It's worth noting that this is not a sexual kiss, it's a peck on the lips like any two children might do while playing. Anyone who interprets that scene as pedophilia needs to take long look at themselves because it's kind of creepy to read that much in to such an innocent scene. Expand
  2. May 18, 2014
    9
    One of my favorite movies. Memorable.

    It's sick, it's shocking, it's bizarre, disturbing. And I love it. It reminds me of Pan's Labyrinth,
    but I must say I like this one just a little bit better. Expand

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