Brazil
Brazil (1985)

Terry Gilliam's 1985 film is a surrealist nightmare of a low-level bureaucrat in a dismal world of the near future.

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Rated: R
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Release Date: March 31, 1998
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Critic Score: 98% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Brazil, Terry Gilliam's visionary Orwellian fantasy, is an audacious dark comedy, filled with strange, imaginative visuals.

Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal

[A] darkly funny and truly visionary retro-futurist fantasy.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

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.

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Chris Sawin
Examiner.com

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.

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James Berardinelli
ReelViews

Brazil is a stinging, Strangelovian satire of the power of the bureaucracy in an Orwellian landscape.

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Time Out

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.

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R. L. Shaffer
IGN DVD

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.

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Variety

Brazil offers a chillingly hilarious vision of the near-future.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

A superb example of the power of comedy to underscore serious ideas, even solemn ones.

Jason Best
Movie Talk

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 90% Flixster User Reviews
Alex roy
Terry Gilliam's Brazil is a highly engaging black comedy that uses a dystopian society as its backdrop, and puts a unique twist on the genre, and through… More
Apeneck Fletcher
Gilliam's funny and disturbing commentary on a modern society that protects us all while sort of feeding on us is beyond price. Jonathon Pryce is spot on… More
Dan Schultz
A brilliant mad mess of a movie concerning a simple, mousy man (Jonathan Pryce), who is stuck to a boring, dead-end job in an Orwellian future, but still has… More
Reid Volk
I have never been a major Gilliam fan. I saw Time Bandits when I was young and I think it might have scarred me. However, Gilliam's unique visual style… More
Kevin Cookman
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paul oh
This film is literally 1984 on steroids. Fantastic and one of Terry Gilliam's best!!

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