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The Zero Theorem

  R HD Closed Captioning

Terry Gilliam

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Plot Summary

In a fractured vision of our not so distant future, a computer genius (Academy Award Winner Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained) is given a seemingly impossible mission by his employer, a shadowy, all-powerful corporation. As he obsessively pursues his task, distracted and slowed down at every turn, he may unlock the very secret of human existence. Featuring an all-star cast and directed by visionary filmmaker Terry Gilliam (12 Monkeys, Brazil).

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 109
  • Fresh: 56
  • Rotten: 53
  • Average Rating: 5.8/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Gilliam's penchant for overstimulation can numb your visual cortex, but Theorem is still the best thing he's pulled out of that bag in a while. – Keith Staskiewicz, Entertainment Weekly, Sep 12, 2014

Rotten: This "Theorem" is all sizzle, zero steak. – Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times, Sep 19, 2014

Rotten: Too bad the story tucked around all that production design is such a futuristic drag. – Stephanie Zacharek, Village Voice, Sep 16, 2014

Fresh: Say this for Terry Gilliam: Even when he repeats himself, he's unique. – Ty Burr, Boston Globe, Oct 9, 2014

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Customer Reviews

Amazing Film

This is the kind of film that only Terry Gilliam could have done. If you like Brazil and 12 Monkeys, you will love this movie. This is going to be one of those films that they will inspire people 20 years from now, just like Brazil.

Hidden Truth

The movie is an allegory for reality the truth cant be told to people it has to be found.

irrelevant and disappointing

terry gilliam's previous movies (e.g. brazil, 12 monkeys) managed to leave me uneasy and thinking because the "universes" they've created were - despite their utter absurdity - somehow remotely plausible mirror images of a future we're heading towards. and the characters, while usually highly dysfunctional, where consistent personalities whose suffering was somehow credible.

in fact, i believe the main achievement of these movies was how gilliam managed to allow the audience to connect and get a sense of understanding beyond the grotesque facade of the worlds he's created.

with "the zero theorem" i was expecting something similar - but it left me completely disappointed. this movie remains trivial and it never manages to create this sense of disorientation gilliam's previous films did cause - i could not identify with any of the characters at any point in time and the movie never connects. christoph waltz never develops any noteworthy intensity or presence and his character never evolves into a plausible personality. matt damon's short appearance is the only convincing element of this movie - but it makes waltz's limits even more painfully obvious.

in summary, this movie does precisley what "the zero theorem" is all about: it adds up to zero.

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