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Brazil Reviews

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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Very hard to follow.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 2/4

January 1, 2000
Chris Sawin

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.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 10/10

December 8, 2012
James Berardinelli
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Brazil is a stinging, Strangelovian satire of the power of the bureaucracy in an Orwellian landscape.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 3/4

October 16, 2008
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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[A] darkly funny and truly visionary retro-futurist fantasy.

Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal

March 12, 2011
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs

An intelligent, thought provoking, visually stunning film.

Full Review Source: Three Movie Buffs | Original Score: 4/4

September 27, 2003
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium

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

January 12, 2003
Beth Accomando

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

| Original Score: 10/10

April 18, 2008
Cole Smithey

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.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: A+

October 22, 2006
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

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

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid

May 17, 2004
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee

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.

Full Review Source: Sacramento Bee

January 1, 2000
Christopher Null

One of the greatest films of the century.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 5/5

January 1, 2000
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

| Original Score: 5/5

May 30, 2003
Dan Lybarger
Nitrate Online

An imaginitive and haunting post-Orwellian reimagining of 1984.

| Original Score: 5/5

June 8, 2003
Rob Blackwelder

| Original Score: 5/5

July 31, 2003
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

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

Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice | Original Score: 4/5

August 26, 2004
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews

| Original Score: 3/5

November 19, 2004
Dan Jardine

Gilliam's Orwellian vision is memorable and distinctive

Full Review Source: Cinemania | Original Score: 85/100

June 21, 2006
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The bleak Brazil reaches for greatness but just falls short.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: A-

March 27, 2007
Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
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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.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

January 1, 2000
Wesley Morris
San Francisco Examiner

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.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Examiner

January 1, 2000
Nate Yapp
August 12, 2002
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