Dragged down by a sputtering script and torpid pacing. Way too disturbing for kids and too weird for most grown-ups.
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The New York Times by A.O. Scott
The worst that can be said of the first two-thirds of Tideland is that it is tiresome. Toward the end it becomes creepy, and not in a good way.
The misanthropic nadir of the director's crash-and-burn career.
Gilliam has suffered more than his share of butchered projects, but with this exercise in kamikaze auteurism, he appears to have made exactly the mess he wanted.
ReelViews by James Berardinelli
Tideland is, by turns, a complete bore and a creepy experience. And I don't mean "creepy" in a positive sense.
By turns fascinating and intolerable.
The Hollywood Reporter by Michael Rechtshaffen
A misconceived washout of a darkly gothic story of madness, addiction and child abuse made all the more unpleasant by Gilliam's trademark intense visual style.
It's no "trip through the dark to appreciate the light." It's a nightmare from start to finish.
Entertainment Weekly by Owen Gleiberman
Dour, absurdist, gruesomely awful.
Christian Science Monitor by Peter Rainer
Borderline unwatchable, although, as is true of all Gilliam movies, it certainly is different.