Awful script, almost amateurish. Bad acting, all lead actors are miscast. It seems that Gilliam got blinded by the vast possibilities of a rich atmospheric period fantasy only to reduce it all to a limited number of mediocre film sets (for 2005) which are used and abused repeatedly while the confused plot trudges through mud in this passionless tale.
A much better film than the hideous reputation suggests; visual texture and eccentric comic staging will always be undervalued by those who look to the script (in this case it is genuinely awful) as the be-all and end-all of a film. Gilliam's slightly cartooned but sensitively textured approach to CGI is a path too little taken these days, almost enough to overlook the wretched pop psychology of the screenplay...
Amazing art direction and costume wasted on a badly-written film that is too adult for most children and too childish for most adults. Some of the worst CGI for the time and some of the dumbest concepts of any time. A horse swallowing a girl? Enchanted mud turning a girl into a gingerbread man? Seriously? C'mon, Gilliam, I expected better.
I remember watching this movie feeling rather disappointed. Not only because I'm a Grimm Brothers fan, but also because I was expecting a film with wide imaginery and a taste for aesthehics. And I was hoping for good dialogues and an "acceptable" revamp of Grimm's Brothers' tales. But I found the dialogues seedy and laughable. I must add that IMO the screenplay was hideously written. Seriously.