Brazil Reviews

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
August 27, 2003
Dense, complex, nightmarish, thought-provoking and ultimately shattering.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Dan Lybarger
Nitrate Online
June 8, 2003
An imaginitive and haunting post-Orwellian reimagining of 1984.
| Original Score: 5/5
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
May 20, 2003
A superb example of the power of comedy to underscore serious ideas, even solemn ones.
| Original Score: 4/5
Rumsey Taylor
Not Coming to a Theater Near You
May 7, 2003
Hollywood is notoriously plagued by commercial incentive and a lack of art; Brazil is a rare success, particularly so because it is decidedly anti-commercial.
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
January 12, 2003
The most original movie of the past thirty years; a triumph not only of brilliant filmmaking, but of the director's desire to stay true to his vision.
| Original Score: 5/5
Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies
February 28, 2002
This film is considered Terry Gilliam's masterwork. I am inclined to agree.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Tim Dirks
Tim Dirks' The Greatest Films
August 7, 2001
Brazil (1985) is from British director/co-screenwriter Terry Gilliam - a combination science-fiction, despairing black comedy and fantasy that combines elements of...
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com
January 1, 2000
One of the greatest films of the century.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
Very hard to follow.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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John Hartl
Film.com
January 1, 2000
For all its occasional long-windedness and visual dazzle, Brazil may be the Strangelove of the 1980s.
Brian Webster
Apollo Guide
January 1, 2000
Brazil succeeds in painting an entertaining and chaotic picture of a nasty world where none of us would want to live.
Full Review | Original Score: 79/100
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
January 1, 2000
Gilliam understood that all futuristic films end up quaintly evoking the naive past in which they were made, and turned the principle into a coherent comic aesthetic.
James O'Ehley
Sci-Fi Movie Page
January 1, 2000
Not in everybody's taste, but why risk missing one of the most brilliant science fiction movies ever made?
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
January 1, 2000
Although the good outweighs the bad, the film is, nevertheless, one big muddle.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Ted Prigge
rec.arts.movies.reviews
January 1, 2000
Contains some of the most clever lines ever.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
January 1, 2000
'Imagination' is this futuristic film's middle name.
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee
January 1, 2000
Everything that Terry Gilliam does seems to come in a peak. His movies tend to be a series of exhilarating, madding high points, and his method of dazzle can be exhausting and exasperating. But you never want him to stop.
Wesley Morris
San Francisco Examiner
January 1, 2000
A glimmering hunk of fractured brilliance riddled with Orwellian paranoia encased in a production design seemingly pieced together from the shared dreams of Franz Kakfa and Salvador Dali.
Jennie Kermode
Eye for Film
February 12, 2009
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
September 20, 2005
| Original Score: 5/5
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