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The Man Who Killed Don Quixote Reviews

January 31, 2020
A staggering misfire that's both unambitious and bloated.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
January 30, 2020
It's a messy, unfocused film that seems so in awe of its own existence that it can't quite summon the energy to tell a worthwhile story.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
January 22, 2020
The melancholy is the saving grace, one man out of time immortalising another. Gilliam refrains from explicit meta, but winks over the fourth wall.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 26, 2019
It's fitfully entertaining. I will say that Jonathan Pryce is perfect in [this] role.
May 10, 2019
"The end result is messy, ragged, uneven, all over the place. But it's also the single best Gilliam film to hit theaters in 20 years."
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
April 19, 2019
To anyone who has followed the parabolic arcs of Gilliam's career, it's a fascinating text; to the more casual viewer, it might come off only as a meandering mess.
April 18, 2019
The story doesn't follow Cervantes in every detail, but there is no mistaking Gilliam's deep appreciation of the book. "The Man Who Killed Don Quixote" works best as an exuberant, not always disciplined work of critical appropriation.
April 11, 2019
Don Quixote turns out to be a pretty typical Gilliam film: whimsically daffy, frantically overstuffed, and art-directed to within in an inch of its life. It's often transporting, but even more often exhausting.
Full Review | Original Score: C
April 11, 2019
Adam Driver brings a Nicolas Cage-esque zeal to his terrifically loony performance as Toby.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 10, 2019
Witty, goofy, and glorious, The Man Who Killed Don Quixote is Terry Gilliam's best film in two decades.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
April 9, 2019
Thinking how different the world feels from even five years ago, let alone 25, the movie feels at a remove, not so much dated as just distanced, needlessly off on its own.
April 4, 2019
Visually heroic, narratively tilting at windmills, Terry Gilliam's 25-year obsession with Miguel de Cervantes' eccentric knight-errant embraces illusion with such devotion I ended up liking The Man Who Killed Don Quixote more than fighting it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 18, 2018
A thoroughly middle-of-the-road effort, it may have been inevitable that actually watching director Terry Gilliam's cinematic great white whale would be a bit of a letdown after 30 years of myth-making.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
September 5, 2018
A treat.
August 22, 2018
Even if it doesn't always come together, it does entertain, bearing all the hallmarks of Gilliam's gleefully barmiest projects.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
May 21, 2018
A film suffused with a love of art, and of those who would dare to make it.
May 21, 2018
There is so much goodwill towards Gilliam's quixotic Quixote project that it's easy to forgive its problems, of which there are many.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
May 21, 2018
It's as if Gilliam is pulling us into his madness, into a world where things are both better and more dangerous.
May 21, 2018
There's enough of a germ of something in Don Quixote that you find yourself shaking your head by its climax, wondering, wait, what were we talking about again?
May 21, 2018
Even when the film feels like a circuitous, effortful mess, it's often an intentional one...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
May 21, 2018
It is an intensely personal piece of filmmaking, a movie shot through with sneaky, unruly pleasures and no small poignancy.
May 18, 2018
Strangely for such a labour of love, is that it's missing a bit of soul.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
May 18, 2018
It's clear that Gilliam developed a genuine relationship to this material from his own creative yearning.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
May 18, 2018
Rarely have such brave deeds yielded so meager a reward.
May 18, 2018
If anything, it's what the director's fans most feared: a lumbering, confused, and cacophonous mess.
May 18, 2018
What a dull place the world would be without Terry Gilliam.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5