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Based on 35 Reviews
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  • 75
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Fulton and Pepe have created an extraordinary document. Hilarious and heartbreaking. show more

  • 75
    Edward Guthmann San Francisco Chronicle

    Captures one of the wildest, most heartbreaking episodes in Gilliam's career. show more

  • 80
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    Lost in La Mancha, a documentary about a movie that never got made, is more involving -- and heartbreaking -- than many movies that do get made. show more

  • 100
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    Wildly sad, funny and terrific documentary. show more

  • 75
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    Lost in La Mancha basically catches "Don Quixote" in free fall…It's our loss nonetheless. Gilliam is one of the great film fantasists of our age, and one expects he would have done Cervantes proud. show more

  • 100
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    This is a sad and funny true-life tale that speaks volumes about the difficulties of independent filmmaking. show more

  • 88
    Michael Sragow Baltimore Sun

    This documentary could have been a simple downer. Instead, it's a giddy, manic-depressive roller coaster - because it brings us eye to eye with Gilliam. show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Lost in La Mancha, which started life as one of those documentaries you get free on a DVD, ended as the record of swift and devastating disaster. show more

  • 75
    Mark Caro Chicago Tribune

    You can interpret Lost in La Mancha as a sort of triumph of the creative spirit. Gilliam's darkest gallows humor always comes with a smile. show more

  • 75
    Rene Rodriguez Miami Herald

    A fascinating record of how the movie fell apart, piece by piece, with everything short of a natural disaster conspiring against the filmmaker. show more

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