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Brazil (1985)



Average Rating: 8.7/10
Reviews Counted: 45
Fresh: 44 | Rotten: 1

Brazil, Terry Gilliam's visionary Orwellian fantasy, is an audacious dark comedy, filled with strange, imaginative visuals.


Average Rating: 7.2/10
Critic Reviews: 9
Fresh: 8 | Rotten: 1

Brazil, Terry Gilliam's visionary Orwellian fantasy, is an audacious dark comedy, filled with strange, imaginative visuals.



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Terry Gilliam's 1985 film is a surrealist nightmare of a low-level bureaucrat in a dismal world of the near future.

Mar 31, 1998

Universal Pictures

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All Critics (46) | Top Critics (9) | Fresh (44) | Rotten (1) | DVD (26)

[A] darkly funny and truly visionary retro-futurist fantasy.

March 12, 2011 Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal
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Brazil is a stinging, Strangelovian satire of the power of the bureaucracy in an Orwellian landscape.

October 16, 2008 Full Review Source: ReelViews
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Brazil offers a chillingly hilarious vision of the near-future.

May 30, 2007 Full Review Source: Variety
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Terry Gilliam's ferociously creative black comedy is filled with wild tonal contrasts, swarming details, and unfettered visual invention -- every shot carries a charge of surprise and delight.

May 30, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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Fortunately the story of an alternative future is realised with such visual imagination and sparky humour that it's only half way through that the plot's weaknesses become apparent.

February 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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A superb example of the power of comedy to underscore serious ideas, even solemn ones.

May 20, 2003
New York Times
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Brazil is this unique amalgamation of ideas straight out of Terry Gilliam's head that results in something so strange and so unique that it's just genius with a conclusion that is undeniably haunting.

December 8, 2012 Full Review Source:

An energetically quirky social metaphor, political commentary and action/sci-fi farce all balled up into one outrageously enjoyable experience, provided you like the work of Terry Gilliam.

January 29, 2012 Full Review Source: IGN DVD

Gilliam crams the screen with such a proliferation of bizarre and comic details that you'll want to revisit this particular nightmare again and again.

December 20, 2011 Full Review Source: Movie Talk
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Influenced by Kafka, Orwell, and Kubrick, Gilliam's darkly humorous futuristic satire is narratively flawed and excessive in many ways, but it displays its creator's wildly vivid imagination and is intermittently witty.

April 10, 2009 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com

Brazil serves up one of the most breathtakingly imaginative worlds ever to be put on screen.

April 18, 2008

Brazil -- a black comedy that remains ahead of its time -- is one of the most audacious fantasies ever made.

May 30, 2007 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

The bleak Brazil reaches for greatness but just falls short.

March 27, 2007 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Comment (1)
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If anyone ever doubts the visionary significance of Terry Gilliam's once bright genius as a filmmaker of enormous depth and cynical humor, you need only to visit upon his career-topping 1985 masterpiece of surreal satire.

October 22, 2006 Full Review Source:

Gilliam's Orwellian vision is memorable and distinctive

June 21, 2006 Full Review Source: Cinemania

Brilliant all around; Gilliam at his peak

October 28, 2005
Film Threat

Celebrates imagination as the only escape from a bleak, ridiculous, and troubled world.

August 26, 2004 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

A masterly film (and still one of the ten best films of the 1980s.

May 17, 2004 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

It has visual style and imagination to burn, but it's the ideas behind it that make it a modern classic..

November 13, 2003
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

An intelligent, thought provoking, visually stunning film.

September 27, 2003 Full Review Source: Three Movie Buffs
Three Movie Buffs

Dense, complex, nightmarish, thought-provoking and ultimately shattering.

August 27, 2003 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
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Audience Reviews for Brazil

Terry Gilliam's Brazil is a highly engaging black comedy that uses a dystopian society as its backdrop, and puts a unique twist on the genre, and through Gilliam's camera lens, it's a truly bizarre and memorable vision. The dystopian genre is very interesting, and it's one that is always exciting to see what they'll come up with it. With Brazil you have something totally different, you have hints of humor thrown into the film's storyline, and it adds something to the enjoyment of the film. Dystopian society films are often dark, nightmarish portraits of a society, but with this film we get something very different. The formula here has been reworked to give the storyline a bit more range than your standard dystopian film, and in turn it makes for a truly engaging experience. In the hands of Terry Gilliam, you have a well crafted picture with some truly stellar performances from its cast, especially from lead actor Jonathan Pryce who lights up every scene that he's in. Brazil is a great film, one that succeeds at delivering a different take on your standard dystopian society film, and in the hands of Terry Gilliam, he crafts a standout picture that is sure to please genre fans looking for something a bit different. Brazil is eccentric in the way that it's told, and it makes for a truly entertaining two and a half hours. If you enjoy Gilliam's work, you're sure to enjoy this. What makes Brazil great is the fact that it has your standard dark, atmospheric elements than are synonymous with the genre, but there are also lighter touches comic relief to really make it stand out among other films. Brazil is great filmmaking and one of the finest dystopian society films I've seen. With a great mix of comedy and serious content, Brazil is a standout genre film that elevates the bar and makes for a truly worthwhile viewing experience.
April 20, 2014
Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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Return I will not to old "Brazil".

Full review coming to on 7/20
July 9, 2013

Super Reviewer

A brilliant mad mess of a movie concerning a simple, mousy man (Jonathan Pryce), who is stuck to a boring, dead-end job in an Orwellian future, but still has big dreams of what he wants to become. The humor is pitch-black, the acting is precisely over the top, and the story is jammed packed with sublime jabs at society's clinging to clutter that is not making us better in the long run. The film's delightfully silly take on bureaucracy is a huge driving point to its success, where Gilliam continually finds ways to spice up his story while never missing a chance to take a swipe at something he hates. Not everyone's cup of tea to be sure, but besides "Monty Python and the Holy Grail", this is Gilliam's masterstroke. Although the relationship between Pryce and dream-girl Kim Greist could have used more work, with Greist's performance failing to leave a lasting impression, the story still succeeds on virtually every front. Not a perfect film, but very close to one.
December 25, 2012
Dan Schultz

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September 8, 2012
Kevin Cookman

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    1. Mrs. Buttle: What have you done with his body?
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    1. Harry Tuttle: Listen, this old system of yours could be on fire and I couldn't even turn on the kitchen tap without filling out a 27b/6... Bloody paperwork.
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