Hollywood Reporter - 05/23/2009
"Plummer and Waits are the twin rocks of the film, and they enter the spirit of playfulness with typical skill. Garfield continues to expand his considerable range..."
Box Office - 09/10/2009 4 stars out of 5 -- "THE IMAGINARIUM OF DR. PARNASSUS is Terry Gilliam's masterpiece. His virtuosic pairing of spectacle and nuanced crafts a morality tale that resonates with boundless allusions."
Total Film - 09/21/2009 3 stars out of 5 -- "PARNASSUS is pure Gilliam, whisking dashes of BRAZIL, MUNCHAUSEN, THE FISHER KING and added autobiographical reflections into unruly but fitfully visionary fantasy terrain."
Los Angeles Times - 12/25/2009
"You'd expect no less from Terry Gilliam...IMAGINARIUM is one of his most original and accessible works....He applies his fantastic and fantastical imagination to a visually dazzling tale of combat for men's souls."
USA Today - 12/25/2009 3 stars out of 4 -- "Gilliam nimbly juxtaposes modern-day England, complete with drab shopping malls, and a mesmerizing fantasy world....An inspired adventure."
New York Times - 12/25/2009
"Much like musical numbers, the fantasy sequences elbow into the narrative, with bursts of candied color and the kind of whimsical touches that will be familiar to fans of Mr. Gilliam's work..."
A.V. Club - 12/23/2009
"[W]ith a smart concept, gorgeous cinematography, some terrific performances and tons of energy..." -- Grade: B+
Entertainment Weekly - 01/08/2010
"[The actors] dust the director's characteristically squirrelly, dense, and visually overloaded project with the sparkle of celebrity....Individual scenes are dazzling..." -- Grade: B-
Chicago Sun-Times - 01/06/2010 3 stars out of 4 -- "[T]his is an IMAGINARIUM indeed. The best approach is to sit there and let it happen to you; see it in the moment..."
Rolling Stone - 01/21/2010 3 stars out of 4 -- "[T]he magic works. It's a chance to see Ledger one last time in the act of doing what he loved."
Washington Post - 01/08/2010
"Shot through with a bold, extravagant generosity of spirit, this journey behind the literal and figurative looking glass marks a gratifying return to form for Gilliam..."
Movieline - 12/28/2009
"[T]he combination of Gilliam's reliably stunning visuals and complex, involving performance help him build unlikely narrative momentum..."
Uncut - 10/09/2009 3 stars out of 5 -- "[Ledger] immerses himself enthusiastically into the low-budget spirit of Gilliam's film."
Empire - 05/01/2010 4 stars out of 5 -- "[I]t's rather nice to see Gilliam in full flight, making the sort of twisted fairy tale that only he could tell."
In THE IMAGINARIUM OF DOCTOR PARNASSUS, director Terry Gilliam continues the trippy tradition he began with inventive films such as TIME BANDITS and BRAZIL. This time, he reteams with Heath Ledger of THE BROTHERS GRIMM, Christopher Plummer of 12 MONKEYS, and Tom Waits of THE FISHER KING.