The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus Synopsis
An immortal carnival master must collect five souls or else lose his daughter to the devil.
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
Vintage Terry Gilliam, a pour not to all tastes but one certain to please lovers of "Time Bandits" and "The Adventures of Baron Munchausen."
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Despite a shaky framework, the magic works. It's a chance to see Ledger one last time in the act of doing what he loved. Take it.
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New York Post

By Lou Lumenick
The Depp sequence is especially poignant, apparently rewritten with references to other celebrities who died before their time -- Rudolph...
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Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
In short, “Imaginarium’’ is a Terry Gilliam movie and it’s a mess, which over the years have come to mean much the same thing. It’s one of...
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
This is an Imaginarium indeed. The best approach is to sit there and let it happen to you; see it in the moment and not with long-term...
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Though rambling and at times self-indulgent, its wit and pageantry, boosted by Heath Ledger's final performance, render it irresistible.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
As is so often the case since his "Monty Python" days, Gilliam is best at visual games and weakest at storytelling.
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Ray Bennett
The film is neither intelligent enough nor silly or grotesque enough to become a lasting favorite.
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New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
"Parnassus," while not unwatchable, is also an elephantine mess.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
The film ends up landing in a confused middle category. It's neither a coherent, discrete work nor a zany tribute to the late actor.
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Terry Gilliam's Dark Masterpiece

By QuanYin50
Great movie, in the tradition of the European surrealist film makers, like Fellini. Beautiful visuals and color, great fantasy scenes, phenomenal cast. Highly creative and unconventional. More...

Whimsical but Ellusive

By franks1978
If you enjoyed Avatar, you're probably not smart enough to enjoy this movie. Unlike Avatar, this movie is legitimately visually imaginative, and features an array of enjoyable performances, notably...

great fantasy trip

By alejandrony75
I enjoyed the movie. Original story. Amazing imagination. Great performances. Heath was becoming a greater actor...too bad he is no longer with us. His talent will be missed....

Extraordinary Imagination

By moviefanster98
The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassum is a brilliantly unusual, idiosyncratic film full of amazing visuals. It shows a mind-boggling imagination at work, flowing from one colorful, surreal moment to the...


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It's the BOMB.COM!...

Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus

By Mouless
Wonderful Gilliam-esque movie with lots of sublime and slapstick humor. Heath Ledger's performance is colourful and Johnny Depp, Jude Law and Collin Farell contribute with their brilliance as actors....

Five Word Review

By highlifescenery
Absolutely outstanding masterful creative genius...

Had a lot of potential, but not "complete"

By Usha L Paradise
While I particularly adore Ledger & Depp (& sometimes Law) as magnificently gifted actors, the storyline & plot jumped. There were holes - pockets of information not provided that would've proved...

The Imaginarium genius of messers Gilliam, Plummer and Waits

By joncrossi
Ok, so the slightly negative things out of the way first, some of the scenes in so-called 'reality' (or modern day London) feel a little choppy and further plot exposition could have come a might...

If you like different, choose to see it!

By lacey1
I took my 11 yr. old daughter because she is a big Heath and Johnny fan. I thought at the end of the movie she would have been totally confused by it. She was not, but she is not your ordinary 11...

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Rated PG-13 | For Smoking, Language, Some Sensuality and Violent Images
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Imaginative Heath Ledger fantasy is too dark for young kids.
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