1984 Reviews

August 6, 2019
Radford's visualization of Orwell's vision in 1984 is all the more powerful and disconcerting today for how frighteningly prescient it was
July 27, 2019
The visuals capture the oppressive atmosphere of the novel even if the script can't quite convey the sheer horror (and chilling wordplay) whipped up by Orwell.
July 22, 2019
Radford's adaptation of 1984 is admirable in that it perfectly captures the look and feel of the novel's oppressive dystopian setting, but unfortunately it's less successful when it comes to presenting the narrative of its rebellious central figure.
December 28, 2018
Radford and Deakins brilliantly juxtapose these vistas of industrial decay with pastoral shots of the verdant English countryside to which the characters escape, first in person, then in their minds.
July 26, 2018
Can it live up to the masterpiece from which it was adapted? In short, the answer is no. But it makes a damn good crack at it.
January 2, 2018
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.
April 4, 2017
Like the book, 1984 understands that forgetting these lessons puts us a step closer to the unthinkable.
February 28, 2017
Book-based tale has brutal political torture, violence, sex.
February 10, 2017
It's the linguistic cargo - the story of "Newspeak," the outlining of the censor's calling - that makes this tale still fearful.
December 18, 2014
Its accuracy goes hand-in-hand with its unobtrusive nature, perfectly creating the ordinariness of Orwell's dystopian nightmare in ways that unsettle you only in retrospect.
February 17, 2008
Solid version of the famous sci-fi novel. Big Brother again rules.
November 14, 2007
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August 22, 2004
A scary reminder of how easily totalitarian ideas and ideals crop up in societies and take fierce hold.
March 8, 2004
February 8, 2004
November 7, 2003