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Brazil (1985)

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98

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.

89

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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Brazil constitutes Terry Gilliam's enormously ambitious follow-up to his 1981 Time Bandits. It also represents the second installment in a trilogy of Gilliam films on imagination versus reality, that began with Bandits and ended in 1989 with The Adventures of Baron Munchausen. To create this wild, visually audacious satire, Gilliam combines dystopian elements from Orwell, Huxley and Kafka (plus a central character who mirrors Walter Mitty) with his own trademark, Monty Python-esque, jet black

Mar 31, 1998

Universal Pictures

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[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: Examiner.com
Examiner.com

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
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
Movie Talk

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
EmanuelLevy.Com

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

April 18, 2008
KPBS.org

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)
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

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: ColeSmithey.com
ColeSmithey.com

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)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Audience Reviews for Brazil

Return I will not to old "Brazil".

Full review coming to themoviefreakblog.com on 7/20
July 9, 2013
spielberg00

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

Super Reviewer

How?
September 8, 2012
Kevin Cookman

Super Reviewer

Gilliam's funny and disturbing commentary on a modern society that protects us all while sort of feeding on us is beyond price. Jonathon Pryce is spot on as a Stan Laurel everyman haplessly trying to right an impossibly wrong world. And the title? Its a dream destination that no one gets to.
July 29, 2012
ApeneckFletcher

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