• R, 1 hr. 30 min.
  • Comedy
  • Directed By:    Dave Thomas , Rick Moranis
  • In Theaters:    Aug 19, 1983 Wide
  • On DVD:    Oct 1, 2002

Strange Brew Reviews

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Rob Vaux
August 30, 2013

Frankly, I was sold the moment the MGM lion gave out an inebriated belch.

Full Review | Original Score: B
Fernando F. Croce
April 2, 2010

Their take on the Bard is as imaginative as any other cinematic adaptation, plus a good deal funnier

TV Guide's Movie Guide
May 13, 2008

No, there's nothing intelligent here -- just a couple of likable fellows trying to stop mad Brewmeister Smith (Max von Sydow) from gaining control of the world.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Douglas Pratt
May 13, 2008

The film celebrates stupidity and would likely have caused an international incident if Canadians weren't so nice, but it essentially lives up to its premise, once in a while coming up with a gag that is halfway funny.

Brad Laidman
Film Threat
December 6, 2005

There's tons of weird stuff here.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Eric Melin
March 5, 2005

"Hamlet" done by Canadian drunks! Absolute genius!

| Original Score: 5/5
Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)
March 18, 2004

Just odd enough to skate by; you remember the singular tone of the film long after the gags have faded.

| Original Score: 3/5
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
October 15, 2003

| Original Score: 3/5
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
October 12, 2003

| Original Score: 3/5
Widgett Walls
May 27, 2003

Brilliant. Stupid...but brilliant.

| Original Score: 4/5
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
March 10, 2003

[A] funny movie about a couple of Canadians who sit around and drink a lot.

Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
August 30, 2002

I laughed so hard the bullet flew out of my nose.

| Original Score: 4/5
John Venable
August 8, 2002

One of the greatest beer movies of all time!

| Original Score: 4/5
Scott Weinberg
July 25, 2002

| Original Score: 4/5
January 1, 2000

It's funnier than most of ths films Hollywood passes off as humor ten years later.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Steve Crum
February 22, 2008

Clunky booze comedy based on popular Canadian air heads.

| Original Score: 2/5
Trevor Johnston
Time Out
Top Critic
February 9, 2006

The plotline (derived from Hamlet) soon goes flat.

Janet Maslin
New York Times
Top Critic
August 30, 2004

The price of a ticket could buy enough beer for an experience at least as memorable as this one.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
January 23, 2004

| Original Score: 2/5
Kevin Smokler
October 29, 2002

Strange Brew, incidental and faintly funny as it may be, was the start of a legacy much longer and significant than itself.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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