Brazil Reviews

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Top Critic
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
Very hard to follow.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Chris Sawin
Examiner.com
December 8, 2012
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 | Original Score: 10/10
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
October 16, 2008
Brazil is a stinging, Strangelovian satire of the power of the bureaucracy in an Orwellian landscape.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
March 12, 2011
[A] darkly funny and truly visionary retro-futurist fantasy.
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
September 27, 2003
An intelligent, thought provoking, visually stunning film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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
Beth Accomando
KPBS.org
April 18, 2008
Brazil serves up one of the most breathtakingly imaginative worlds ever to be put on screen.
| Original Score: 10/10
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
October 22, 2006
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 | Original Score: A+
Renee Schonfeld
Common Sense Media
February 11, 2015
Inventive, prophetic black comedy; lots of violence, mayhem.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 17, 2004
A masterly film (and still one of the ten best films of the 1980s.
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.
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com
January 1, 2000
One of the greatest films of the century.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
May 30, 2003
| Original Score: 5/5
Dan Lybarger
Nitrate Online
June 8, 2003
An imaginitive and haunting post-Orwellian reimagining of 1984.
| Original Score: 5/5
Rob Blackwelder
SPLICEDWire
July 31, 2003
| Original Score: 5/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
August 26, 2004
Celebrates imagination as the only escape from a bleak, ridiculous, and troubled world.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
November 19, 2004
| Original Score: 3/5
Dan Jardine
Cinemania
June 21, 2006
Gilliam's Orwellian vision is memorable and distinctive
Full Review | Original Score: 85/100
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
March 27, 2007
The bleak Brazil reaches for greatness but just falls short.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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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.
Nate Yapp
CinemaBlend.com
August 12, 2002
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