Brazil Reviews

January 3, 2018
It's like a stoned, slapstick 1984: a nightmare comedy in which the comedy is just an aspect of the nightmarishness.
March 12, 2011
[A] darkly funny and truly visionary retro-futurist fantasy.
October 16, 2008
Brazil is a stinging, Strangelovian satire of the power of the bureaucracy in an Orwellian landscape.
May 30, 2007
Brazil offers a chillingly hilarious vision of the near-future.
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.
Top Critic
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.
May 20, 2003
A superb example of the power of comedy to underscore serious ideas, even solemn ones.
January 1, 2000
For all its occasional long-windedness and visual dazzle, Brazil may be the Strangelove of the 1980s.
January 1, 2000
'Imagination' is this futuristic film's middle name.
January 1, 2000
The movie is very hard to follow. I have seen it twice, and am still not sure exactly who all the characters are, or how they fit.
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.