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Brazil Reviews

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Renee Schonfeld
Common Sense Media
February 11, 2015
Inventive, prophetic black comedy; lots of violence, mayhem.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Chris Sawin
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
R. L. Shaffer
January 29, 2012
An energetically quirky social metaphor, political commentary and action/sci-fi farce all balled up into one outrageously enjoyable experience, provided you like the work of Terry Gilliam.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Jason Best
Movie Talk
December 20, 2011
Gilliam crams the screen with such a proliferation of bizarre and comic details that you'll want to revisit this particular nightmare again and again.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
March 12, 2011
[A] darkly funny and truly visionary retro-futurist fantasy.
Emanuel Levy
April 10, 2009
Influenced by Kafka, Orwell, and Kubrick, Gilliam's darkly humorous futuristic satire is narratively flawed and excessive in many ways, but it displays its creator's wildly vivid imagination and is intermittently witty.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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James Berardinelli
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
Beth Accomando
April 18, 2008
Brazil serves up one of the most breathtakingly imaginative worlds ever to be put on screen.
Read More | Original Score: 10/10

TV Guide
May 30, 2007
Brazil -- a black comedy that remains ahead of its time -- is one of the most audacious fantasies ever made.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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May 30, 2007
Brazil offers a chillingly hilarious vision of the near-future.
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
May 30, 2007
Terry Gilliam's ferociously creative black comedy is filled with wild tonal contrasts, swarming details, and unfettered visual invention -- every shot carries a charge of surprise and delight.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
March 27, 2007
The bleak Brazil reaches for greatness but just falls short.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Cole Smithey
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+
Dan Jardine
June 21, 2006
Gilliam's Orwellian vision is memorable and distinctive
Full Review | Original Score: 85/100
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Time Out
February 9, 2006
Fortunately the story of an alternative future is realised with such visual imagination and sparky humour that it's only half way through that the plot's weaknesses become apparent.
Pete Vonder Haar
Film Threat
October 28, 2005
Brilliant all around; Gilliam at his peak
| 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
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 17, 2004
A masterly film (and still one of the ten best films of the 1980s.
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
November 13, 2003
It has visual style and imagination to burn, but it's the ideas behind it that make it a modern classic..
| Original Score: 5/5
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
September 27, 2003
An intelligent, thought provoking, visually stunning film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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