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The Brothers Grimm Review

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  • 3.0

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    Mixed or average reviews
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  • 50

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    USA Today Mike Clark

    Brothers never catches fire the way Gilliam's "The Adventures of Baron Munchausen" did. And you almost feel during subpar special effects that sweaty stagehands are pushing the trees around.

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  • 58

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    Strenous yet flat, The Brothers Grimm is a let's-see-what-sticks spectacle that, coming from Terry Gilliam, is more grim than "Grimm."

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  • 60

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    Hugely ambitious but often failing to live up to those ambitions, Terry Gilliam's long-awaited The Brothers Grimm emerges as a folkloric adventure that intermittently entertains.

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  • 80

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal

    A wildly wondrous reinvention of the story of the chroniclers of dark, occasionally horrific, child-pleasing fairy tales.

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Iffy for 13+

Not a fairy tale. For teens and adults.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the film includes some scenes in the dark woods that might be frightening for younger viewers. The brothers argue and sometimes fight physically. Characters drink and behave boisterously (it's 19th-century rural Germany). Language includes German and French versions of "s--t" as well as some slang for "breasts." The brothers' investigation centers on kidnapped girls, producing spooky, sometimes violent images (in particular, a girl is whisked into a well by a black blob and a horse eats a child, in silhouette). Creatures in the forest include tree roots that grab at passers-by and a gigantic wolf. A powerful witch looks alternately ancient and beautiful, casting spells and wreaking havoc.

  • Families can talk about the brothers' complicated and changing relationship. How do they represent two positions on magic and faith? How does their relationship form a ground for the plot, as they deal with surprising tests of their beliefs systems? How does Angelika serve simultaneously as romantic object and intrepid adventurer?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Brothers are charlatans, until they meet up with a real curse; some arguing, some abuses of authority.

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence: Witches cast spells, magical creatures assault humans, some sword and hand to hand fighting.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Sexual references, some bawdy drunkenness, a couple of kisses.

  • language false3

    Language: Mild, one use of s-word.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Thematic only: the brothers "market" themselves as curse-banishers.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Drinking.