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Based on 9 Reviews
critic reviews (9)
fan reviews ( 0 )
  • 80
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Restores our belief in the power of movies to transform reality, even temporarily. So what if it's not perfect? It's magic. show more

  • 50
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    A disorganized, rambling and eccentric movie that contains some moments of truth, some moments of humor, and many moments of digression. show more

  • 50
    TV Guide

    The script never resolves the different levels on which it tries to operate, and also throws in too many loose ends which never get cleared up. show more

  • 67
    Marjorie Baumgarten Austin Chronicle

    A fanciful spiral of mythology, madness, cynicism and salvation. show more

  • 90

    The Fisher King has two actors at the top of their form, and a compelling, well-directed and well-produced story. show more

  • 90
    Desson Thomson Washington Post

    A modern epic that fuses myth with hard-edged reality, it's a one-of-a-kind, thoroughly engaging experience. show more

  • 80
    Elvis Mitchell The New York Times

    What emerges, in the end, are a clever premise that has been allowed to go awry and several performances that are lively and unpredictable enough to transcend the confusion. Mr. Bridges, always a fine intuitive actor, has never displayed a greater range. show more

  • 80
    Jonathan Rosenbaum Chicago Reader

    If you treasure Gilliam at his best and take his ideas seriously, you'll probably be infuriated as well as delighted. show more

  • 10
    The New Yorker

    The movie is a peculiarly irritating failure -- a leaden piece of uplift. show more

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