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12 Monkeys Review

Other Critics provided by Metacritic.com

Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 4.0
    74

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Generally favorable reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Any laughs that it inspires will be very hollow. It's more of a celebration of madness and doom, with a hero who tries to prevail against the chaos of his condition, and is inadequate.

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  • 83

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    As the jabbering psychotic Jeffrey Goines, Brad Pitt has a rabid, get-a-load-of-me deviousness that works for the film's central mystery: We can't tell where the fanatic leaves off and the put-on artist begins.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    It's refreshing to encounter a movie with a logical, intelligent approach to the dangers of zipping through time.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    USA Today Mike Clark

    A Hitchcockian chase...A crowd-pleasing airport-pursuit pic. [27 Dec 1995, p.D1]

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Pause for kids 16 & under

Terry Gilliam's violent dystopian masterpiece.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this is a disturbing dystopian film that addresses the near eradication of human civilization by a virus. Characters drink, smoke, get in fights, evade the police, and kill one another. There are also upsetting scenes of mental institutions and jails as well as a graphic scene depicting WWI trenches. James Cole is repeatedly sedated, and images of him drooling and nearly catatonic are featured at several points. The movie raises lots of complex moral questions.

  • Families can talk about the boundaries between the sane and insane. Why is James Cole viewed as "sane" by some characters and "insane" by others? Similar questions could be asked about other characters, including Kathryn Railly and Jeffrey Goines. The film also deals extensively with issues of surveillance. Who is being watched in the film and why? Who is monitoring characters? How does this monitoring impact the characters and their actions?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: A scientist releases the plague that nearly destroys civilization.

What to watch for
  • violence false5

    Violence: James beats several people to death. There are also several scenes with guns and knives, including a disturbing scene that takes place in WWI trenches.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Although relatively clear of sexual content, the film has quite a bit of non-sexual nudity.

  • language false3

    Language: Some strong language.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not applicable

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Characters drink and smoke, but more upsetting are scenes in which James is tranquilized in jail and the mental hospital.

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