Heath Ledger and Lily Cole in 'The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus'Terry Gilliam's dark fantasy 'The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus,' has had an aura of tragedy ever since Heath Ledger died in mid-production. The director, no stranger to adversity, persevered, enlisting Johnny Depp,Jude Law and Colin Farrell to play Ledger's character in the movie's remaining scenes.

Though it's receiving mixed reviews, most critics agree that Gilliam made the best out of a terrible situation, and though this sometimes incoherent film is not his greatest, it's full of his trademark wit, whimsy and visual panache.

The story centers on the titular character (Christopher Plummer), the proprietor of a ramshackle traveling stage show that includes his teenage daughter Valentina (Lily Cole). Over the years, Parnassus has made a series of wagers with Mr. Nick, (a.k.a. the devil, played by Tom Waits) in exchange for eternal life. The most recent bet obliges the doctor to turn Valentina over to Nick on her 16th birthday unless he can deliver five souls in her place. Phantasmagorical doings ensue. Here's what the critics are saying:
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