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Metascore

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100
Gilliam has rarely been more inventive, energetic, or just plain funny.
80
Wall Street Journal
A wildly wondrous reinvention of the story of the chroniclers of dark, occasionally horrific, child-pleasing fairy tales.
75
If you're a Gilliam junkie, as I am, you go with it, even when the script by Ehren Kruger (The Skeleton Key) loses its shaky hold on coherence.
75
Premiere
In the end it's still Gilliam Lite, but Gilliam Lite is better than no Gilliam at all.
63
Philadelphia Inquirer
If The Brothers Grimm flies apart like a badly designed airplane (and it does), it still has more going for it than most of the movie fare this summer.
63
New York Daily News
The result is a bit of a mess: sometimes delightful, sometimes tedious, always creative.
63
An absurd mess that's more entertaining than it has any right to be.
60
The Hollywood Reporter
Hugely ambitious but often failing to live up to those ambitions, Terry Gilliam's long-awaited The Brothers Grimm emerges as a folkloric adventure that intermittently entertains.
58
Entertainment Weekly
Strenous yet flat, The Brothers Grimm is a let's-see-what-sticks spectacle that, coming from Terry Gilliam, is more grim than "Grimm."
50
Brothers never catches fire the way Gilliam's "The Adventures of Baron Munchausen" did. And you almost feel during subpar special effects that sweaty stagehands are pushing the trees around.
25
It's the cinematic equivalent of an all-dessert meal: After the initial jolt, the lack of any real nourishment is apparent, and it becomes a struggle to stay awake.

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