The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus
The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus
  • PG-13
  • 2h 3m
  • 2009
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Enter a dazzling world of fantasy in The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus,Director Terry Gilliam’s magical adventure tale starring Heath Ledger in his last film role along with Christopher Plummer, Johnny Depp, Colin Farrell and Jude Law. In exchange for extraordinary powers, Dr. Parnassus (Plummer)makes a deal with the Devil to turn over any child of his when they turn sixteen. But as his daughter Valentina’s (Lily Cole) birthday approaches, a mysterious stranger(Ledger) arrives with the power to change everything. In this captivating, explosive and wonderfully imaginative race against time, Dr. Parnassus must fight to save his daughter in a never-ending landscape of surreal obstacles - and undo the mistakes of his past once and for all!
© 2009 Imaginarium Films, Inc. and Parnassus Productions Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Critics Consensus: Terry Gilliam remains as indulgent as ever, but The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus represents a return to the intoxicatingly imaginative, darkly beautiful power of his earlier work, with fine performances to match all the visual spectacle.
Time Out
Hank Sartin

June 22, 2017
Christine Champ

The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus is one of those movies that, despite spectacular elements, doesn'...

June 22, 2017
Jonathan F. Richards

Terry Gilliam, the veteran film director who cut his teeth as the animation wizard of television's...

June 22, 2017
Detroit News
Tom Long

Parnassus is fun to watch a good deal of the time, and Gilliam is almost always visually surprisin...

June 22, 2017
Denver Post
Lisa Kennedy

It teases with magnificently tantalizing moments that don't quite add up to one grand insight. Whi...

December 14, 2018
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Common Sense Says
Imaginative Heath Ledger fantasy is too dark for young kids.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that although The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus is a fantasy movie with elements that might look family friendly, it dives into some fairly mature and dark waters -- very much like the often brutal and terrifying Grimm fairy tales that inspire director Terry Gilliam. The imagery, while dazzling, is also frightening and even nightmarish at times (and the first 40 minutes of the movie are very disjointed, which may turn off some viewers), so it's not an age-appropriate pick for younger kids. Plus, the devil is one of the movie's major characters, and the "heroes" aren't exactly shining role models, either -- many of them keep secrets and deceive people, often for selfish reasons. And the 16-year-old heroine has sex and is seen smoking a cigarette the next morning (presumably after the act itself). Many viewers will be curious to see Heath Ledger's final performance and how Gilliam finished the film around his absence, but Ledger is ultimately just one member of an ensemble cast and not really the film's "star."

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The parents’ guide to what’s in this movie.
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Additional Info

  • Genre:Comedy, Fantasy
  • Release Date:October 16, 2009
  • Highest Available for Purchase:HD

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