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Does for psychedelics what "Boogie Nights" does for cocaine; displaying in graphical detail the ultimate failure of drugs as an escape route.
Disappointing, pointless and repetitive.
There is a reason why books are books and movies are movies, and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas makes a pretty good case that the two don't always mix.
The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
The one source of relief comes from the score -- a sampling of period ditties by the likes of the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Janis Joplin and Neil Young.
Christian Science Monitor
Gilliam's visual style has never been more energetic or inventive, and nobody could be attracted to dope after this portrait of drug abuse as a hallucinatory quagmire.
A peculiar and oddly haunting achievement.
On this ride we follow the two characters from casino to casino and from hallucination to hallucination with no real destination.
There's something about that extra layer of distancing that a book can offer and the screen can't, which in this case might account for why film viewers feel vaguely discomforted by an icky fifth-wheel sensation.
Entertainment Weekly
The movie is a true folly, yet there's no denying that Gilliam has gotten some of the hallucinogenic madness of Thompson's novel on screen.
Chicago Sun-Times
A horrible mess of a movie, without shape, trajectory or purpose--a one joke movie, if it had one joke.
One long offensive treatise on just how vile two human beings can be.

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