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New York Times:
There's always overripe method to his madness, but in the new 12 Monkeys Mr. Gilliam's methods are uncommonly wrenching and strong.
Los Angeles Times:
Mystifying, intriguing, even infuriating, it shows what happens when an unconventional talent meets straightforward material.
While all of Gilliam's movies are worth seeing, there's a fair amount of his designer grimness here mixed in with the cabaret comedy.
What's remarkable about 12 Monkeys is that, despite its decade-hopping abandon, the film makes a chilling kind of narrative sense.
Gilliam gives the material a lunatic poetry of his own, but remains impervious to the requirements of narrative pacing.
Neither as visually compelling as Brazil nor as emotionally gripping as The Fisher King.
Dark and somber like Blade Runner, this sci-fi is a spectacular mess, a convoluted film with too many ideas for its own good, blending (among other things) the virus thriller with the post-apocalyptic genre.