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Based on 20 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 1 )
  • 100
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Gilliam, along with the gifted cinematographer Roger Pratt and production designer Jeffrey Beecroft, fashions a disturbing and dazzling lost world. show more

  • 75
    Peter Stack San Francisco Chronicle

    A grandiose cinematic invention, cleverly turning the present-day urban American world on its ear. show more

  • 88
    Mike Clark USA Today

    A Hitchcockian chase...A crowd-pleasing airport-pursuit pic. [27 Dec 1995, p.D1] show more

  • 100
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    Bruce Willis is bruisingly good as the hero and Brad Pitt is suitably zany as the activist who dogs his trail. show more

  • 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. show more

  • 88
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    It's refreshing to encounter a movie with a logical, intelligent approach to the dangers of zipping through time. show more

  • 88
    Rick Groen The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    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. show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    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. show more

  • 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. show more

  • 100
    Marc Savlov Austin Chronicle

    Gilliam keeps the audience guessing, and in doing so creates a startlingly effective rumination on the nature of sanity and madness cloaked in the shroud of a sci-fi thriller. show more

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