100

Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
Bruce Willis is bruisingly good as the hero and Brad Pitt is suitably zany as the activist who dogs his trail.
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100

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Gilliam, along with the gifted cinematographer Roger Pratt and production designer Jeffrey Beecroft, fashions a disturbing and dazzling lost world.
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88

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Rick Groen
For all his daring, the brazen creator maintains control - there's aesthetic order in the disorder, and calculated reason in the madness. Seldom has it felt so good to seem so lost.
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88

San Francisco Examiner

One of the qualities that makes "12 Monkeys" so good is the fact that it is almost too complicated to explain.
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88

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
It's refreshing to encounter a movie with a logical, intelligent approach to the dangers of zipping through time.
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88

USA Today

By Mike Clark
A Hitchcockian chase...A crowd-pleasing airport-pursuit pic. [27 Dec 1995, p.D1]
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83

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
As the jabbering psychotic Jeffrey Goines, Brad Pitt has a rabid, get-a-load-of-me deviousness that works for the film's central mystery: We can't tell where the fanatic leaves off and the put-on artist begins.
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80

TV Guide

That Terry Gilliam managed to make Twelve Monkeys into a clever, complex, and poignant success is as astonishing as it is satisfying.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Peter Stack
A grandiose cinematic invention, cleverly turning the present-day urban American world on its ear.
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Any laughs that it inspires will be very hollow. It's more of a celebration of madness and doom, with a hero who tries to prevail against the chaos of his condition, and is inadequate.
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74 out of 100
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