1984

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1984 doesn't fully emerge from the shadow of its source material, but still proves a solid, suitably discomfiting adaptation of a classic dystopian tale.

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A man loses his identity while living under a repressive regime. In a story based on George Orwell's classic novel, Winston Smith (John Hurt) is a government employee whose job involves the rewriting of history in a manner that casts his fictional country's leaders in a charitable light. His trysts with Julia (Suzanna Hamilton) provide his only measure of enjoyment, but lawmakers frown on the relationship -- and in this closely monitored society, there is no escape from Big Brother.

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John Hurt
Winston Smith
Cyril Cusack
Charrington
James Walker
Syme
David Trevena
Tillotson's Friend
George Orwell
Writer (Novel)
Michael Radford
Writer (Screenplay)
Roger Deakins
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Dominic Muldowney
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Critic Reviews for 1984

All Critics (27) | Top Critics (2) | Fresh (20) | Rotten (7)

  • Nodding to the movie's bleak mood, Burton bleakens himself; robbed of the pleasures of the grand, show-offy way he could use his voice, the mischievous twinkle of his eye, you feel cheated.

    January 2, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Michael Radford's brilliant film of Orwell's vision does a good job of finding that line between the "future" world of 1984 and the grim postwar world in which Orwell wrote.

    October 23, 2004 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Many viewers might become agitated at its placidity, especially considering the cheerlessness of the subject matter.

    September 6, 2020 | Rating: 5/10 | Full Review…
  • [A] well-intentioned (if overly stylised) adaptation...

    July 23, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Watching 1984 is a powerful, even terrifying experience, but so is being locked up in a dark closet.

    February 28, 2020 | Full Review…
  • Radford's visualization of Orwell's vision in 1984 is all the more powerful and disconcerting today for how frighteningly prescient it was

    August 6, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

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  • Aug 06, 2017
    2 + 2 = 22. new math!
    Sanity Assassin ! Super Reviewer
  • Nov 02, 2015
    Straightforward adaptation. Reasonably compelling. Between a 3.5 and a 4. Bumping it to a 4.
    Kyle M Super Reviewer
  • Sep 10, 2013
    It's got great costumes, amazing set design, atmospheric and masterfully displayed. Although there were some small changes from the book, I still enjoyed the adaptation greatly. I didn't like how explicit the film treated with nudity and sex, it shouldn't be so graphic, it doesn't really match the depressing theme running throughout. One thing that really stood was the change of calling each other comrades to calling each other brothers or sisters, it made sense to the use of Big Brother. The lunacy and frantic of the Two Minutes Hate were badly done I reckon, it wasn't really that heated, people were able to control themselves straight after kinda didn't make sense and seemed flimsy. But overall, Nineteen Eighty Four was quite well done, but not great.
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer
  • May 23, 2013
    I have to start by stating I've read the book. That always has an impact on how one views a movie. In my case, it has been over 25 years since I read and enjoyed the book, and yet something bothered me about the movie. It seems to take a long time to parlay to us, the movie watchers, how bleak things are in 1984. I got the idea much faster reading the book. The bleakness part of the movie bored me to tears. Also, the ending seemed different - actually the movie ending confused me.
    Red L Super Reviewer

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