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Metascore

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100
Gilliam has rarely been more inventive, energetic, or just plain funny.
80
Village Voice
Just as fabulously cartoon-Gothic as "Sleepy Hollow."
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.
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
Variety
The tilt here toward a hyperactive, buddy-movie action-adventure with loud comic archetypes is a poor fit for a film that relies on fairy tale icons and themes.
50
The A.V. Club
The Brothers Grimm reeks of compromise, of a brilliant fantasist losing his footing and nerve and getting hopelessly gummed up in the cruel machinery of big-budget blockbuster filmmaking.
40
L.A. Weekly
This is one of the most visually off-putting films ever made by a director who supposedly makes beautiful pictures.
30
Dallas Observer
It's easily the ugliest film Gilliam's ever made, a movie shot with a lens someone forgot to wipe. It's also his loudest: Every scene is amped up to 11, and every line of dialogue is delivered as though it's a cry for help from the bottom of the well.

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