Box art for The Brothers Grimm

The Brothers Grimm

sci-fi & fantasy


Matt Damon and Heath Ledger team up to bring you one of the year's most fantastic adventures in this magical tale based on the lives of the legendary storytellers.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    38%
  • Audience Score
    39%

common sense

PAUSE for kids age 13
Consumerism
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
Language
3 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
Sex
3 out of 5
Violence
3 out of 5

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.

what families can talk about

  • 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?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: everyone involved in the production appears to have become lost in the dark woods, hoping somehow to find their way out with an incoherent trail of compromises.

- Anton Bitel, Eye for Film, Thursday, March 4, 2010

Rotten: Those who adore Terry Gilliam for his taunting French soldiers in Monty Python and the Holy Grail or his weird subversiveness in Brazil may find The Brothers Grimm to be a fairy tale gone sour.

- Bruce Westbrook, Houston Chronicle, Friday, August 26, 2005

Rotten: The Brothers Grimm has enough haunting, fairy-tale imagery for 10 movies, but no emotional kick to drive those images home.

- David Edelstein, Slate, Monday, August 29, 2005

Audience Reviews

3 stars

img]http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/user/icons/icon14.gif/img] The Brothers Grimm is Terry Gilliam's first film that lacks a surealist personality and a interestingly mind boggling concept. Besides the marvelous visuals and the capable cast, this is a Terry Gilliam move that doesn't feel at all like a Terry Gilliam movie. It feels rather studio structured and is terrified to go to the places Gilliam is screaming for it to go to. He's one of the few artistic film makers working today who understands visuals and depth and if you give him his space he can make something very remarkable. If your going to make a fantasy film with a worthy director you have to allow it to go somewhere, this doesn't. But on a positive note I think the industrialisation of it forgot to enclose Gilliam's signature humour and brilliant changes of tone. There's some good humour in the film, I laughed a few times, I think it will please primarily the popcorn crowd. But if your someone like me, a huge Terry Gilliam fan who admires his ambitions for artsy cinema, this is best avoided.

- aquateen2, Thursday, July 12, 2012

3 stars

img]http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/user/icons/icon14.gif/img] The Brothers Grimm is Terry Gilliam's first film that lacks a surealist personality and a interestingly mind boggling concept. Besides the marvelous visuals and the capable cast, this is a Terry Gilliam move that doesn't feel at all like a Terry Gilliam movie. It feels rather studio structured and is terrified to go to the places Gilliam is screaming for it to go to. He's one of the few artistic film makers working today who understands visuals and depth and if you give him his space he can make something very remarkable. If your going to make a fantasy film with a worthy director you have to allow it to go somewhere, this doesn't. But on a positive note I think the industrialisation of it forgot to enclose Gilliam's signature humour and brilliant changes of tone. There's some good humour in the film, I laughed a few times, I think it will please primarily the popcorn crowd. But if your someone like me, a huge Terry Gilliam fan who admires his ambitions for artsy cinema, this is best avoided.

- aquateen2, Thursday, July 12, 2012

3 stars

Terry Gilliam gives us this unique congregation of the well known Grimm fairy tales, built around a traveling pair of con artists bilking superstitious country folk who are put to the test when they stumble onto the real thing: an evil witch ( which is sorta like The Blair Witch Project come to think of it - w/o the video cameras). Matt Damon, Heath Ledger, and the always wonderful Peter Stomare head up the spooky proceedings with aplomb.

- ApeneckFletcher, Sunday, April 29, 2012