ROME, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 21:  American-born British screenwriter, film director, and actor Terry Gilliam  attends "The Man Who Killed Don Quixote (L'uomo che uccise Don Chisciotte)" photocall at the terrace of Bernini Hotel on September 21, 2018 in Rome, Italy.  (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images)
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Every Terry Gilliam Movie Ranked Worst To Best
13. Tideland
Placing last is the story of a nine-year-old girl who copes with the loss of her drug-addicted parents by creating a fantasy world. Attempting to combine actual problems such as drug and child abuse with the fantastical landscapes for which he is known comes up short, indicating that this is not Gilliam's forte.
12. The Brothers Grimm
The Grimm brothers are charlatans who extort money from villages against the backdrop of French-occupied Germany in the 18th century. Unfortunately, this film lacks the scope and scale of his best fantasy works, it spends a lot of time in one forest, and by the time a few interesting creatures show up near the end, people have checked out.
11. Jabberwocky
In Gilliam’s adaptation of Lewis Carroll's famous weird and wonderful poem, Michael Palin portrays a typically naïve and optimistic character who struggles to survive in a hostile medieval world. Aside from some brief narration at the beginning and the appearance of the "monster" at the end, the film fails to reflect Carroll's work.
10. Fear and Loathing
"Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" stars Benicio Del Toro and Johnny Depp as they skillfully express the psychological and physical side effects that come with a suitcase full of narcotics. It's a valiant attempt to adapt an unfilmable book, but it feels more like a direct line into the mind of Hunter S. Thompson, and less the product of Gilliam's imagination.
9. The Zero Theorem
Set in a bureaucratic nightmare, Christoph Waltz stars as Qohen, a depressed computer programmer who refers to himself as "we." Despite slipping under the radar and receiving middling-to-negative reviews, it holds up with some of the best and most inventively creative of Gilliam's work, offering the same absurd comedy and exceedingly bleak outlook as "Brazil."