Monty Python's Life of Brian Reviews

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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
September 11, 2009
I've always considered it the group's nadir; it seems toothlessly silly.
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Variety Staff
July 31, 2008
Just as wacky and imaginative as their earlier film outings.
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Time Out
February 9, 2006
Python successfully lampoon religious attitudes rather than religion itself.
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
May 9, 2005
Bad taste of this order is rare but not yet dead.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
August 1, 2004
The Pythons are enlightened jesters, whose scorn is reserved for those who persist in walking in darkness.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
June 18, 2004
Funny, in that peculiar British way where jokes are told sideways, with the obvious point and then the delayed zinger.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
May 28, 2004
Still holds up beautifully, as both pointed satire and silly, stakes-free comedy.
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
May 27, 2004
I can't say Life of Brian stands as a comic masterpiece, but it's an indelible part of impolite cinema history, and some of its asides remain priceless.
| Original Score: B
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
May 22, 2004
A king-size cult comedy hit.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
May 21, 2004
Still has its rude, rowdy sting -- and it still speaks more truth about religion than nearly all serious movies on the subject.
| Original Score: 4/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
May 7, 2004
The greatest work of religious skepticism ever put on the screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
April 29, 2004
The more things change, the more we have to laugh if we are to have a prayer of remaining sane, and the Pythons are the best possible step in that direction.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Robert Abele
L.A. Weekly
April 29, 2004
After all these years, the pungency of this satire about the perils of mass miscommunication hasn't dissipated.
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
April 27, 2004
It's a hearty burlesque.
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James Berardinelli
October 9, 2003
There is little doubt that The Life of Brian represents some of the most daring and cutting edge comedy of the 1970s.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4