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2002 3.0/5 IMDb 7.4/10 (9.4k) R SD 89 minutes

This documentary chronicles screenwriter and director Terry Gilliam's repeatedly failed attempts to bring the story of Don Quixote to the big screen.

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Terry Gilliam, Johnny Depp, Jean Rochefort, Vanessa Paradis, Bernard Bouix, Rene Cleitman, Benjamin Fernandez, Tony Grisoni, Philip A. Patterson, Nicola Pecorini, Gabriella Pescucci, Jeff Bridges Directed by Keith Fulton, Louis Pepe

Documentaries, Social & Cultural Docs, British Movies

Language: English

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Rotten Tomatoes® Scores
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Wondrous document of a film gone wrong and an artist who inspires fans, cast and crew, even as he terrifies financiers, insurers and anyone more firmly footed in filmmaking reality.

Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel, 2003-05-23


A fascinating record of how the movie fell apart, piece by piece, with everything short of a natural disaster conspiring against the filmmaker.

Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald, 2003-05-02


A fascinating study in the cinematic arts, as we watch a talented director and a committed crew and cast thwarted by nature, human failings and just plain bad luck.

Bill Muller, Arizona Republic, 2003-05-01


Gilliam himself is a joy to behold. His wit stays sharp even as his fortunes dull, and the conditions that conspire against him only prove the mettle in our man of La Mancha.

Rick Groen, Globe and Mail, 2003-03-21


Should be required viewing for all film-school students, aspiring filmmakers and studio suits.

Jane Sumner, Dallas Morning News, 2003-03-06


Bitterly funny and oddly poignant.

Eleanor Ringel Gillespie, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 2003-02-27


One hopes that some day Gilliam gets to realize his dream, but in the meantime, in Lost In La Mancha, the shards of that dream offer tantalizing -- and tear-inducing -- glimpses of what might have been.

Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer, 2003-02-24


It's disconcerting to recommend this movie for its entertainment value, but highly watchable it is.

Desson Thomson, Washington Post, 2003-02-21


A fascinating chronicle of bad luck, bad faith and bad weather all striking on the same day.

Stephen Hunter, Washington Post, 2003-02-21


Entertaining documentary about how badly everything went.

Eric Harrison, Houston Chronicle, 2003-02-20


A fascinating glimpse at the fragile ecosystem of a movie shoot, but I'm bound to say that I don't share its view of Gilliam.

David Edelstein, Slate, 2003-02-15


Some films end with a whimper; this one banged into a stone wall.

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times, 2003-02-14


[Works best] as an entry in the genre of Hollywood schadenfreude pioneered by the 1991 Apocalypse Now documentary Hearts of Darkness.

Ty Burr, Boston Globe, 2003-02-14


You can interpret Lost in La Mancha as a sort of triumph of the creative spirit.

Mark Caro, Chicago Tribune, 2003-02-13


I'd like Lost in La Mancha more if it didn't take the easy but misleading route of dovetailing Gilliam's frustrations into Welles's, and then dovetailing both into Quixote's.

Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader, 2003-02-22