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Brazil constitutes Terry Gilliam's enormously ambitious follow-up to his 1981 Time Bandits. It also represents the second installment in a trilogy of Gilliam films on imagination versus reality, that began with Bandits and ended in 1989 with The Adventures of Baron Munchausen. To create this wild, visually audacious satire, Gilliam combines dystopian elements from Orwell, Huxley and Kafka (plus a central character who mirrors Walter Mitty) with his own trademark, Monty Python-esque, jet black British humor and his gift for extraordinary visual invention. The results are thoroughly… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 98%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"[A] darkly funny and truly visionary retro-futurist fantasy."
‑ Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal
"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."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"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."
‑ Chris Sawin,
"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."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"The bleak Brazil reaches for greatness but just falls short."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Brazil is a stinging, Strangelovian satire of the power of the bureaucracy in an Orwellian landscape."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"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."
‑ , Time Out
"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."
‑ R. L. Shaffer, IGN DVD
"Brazil serves up one of the most breathtakingly imaginative worlds ever to be put on screen."
‑ Beth Accomando,
"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."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"Brazil offers a chillingly hilarious vision of the near-future."
‑ , Variety
"A superb example of the power of comedy to underscore serious ideas, even solemn ones."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"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."
‑ Jason Best, Movie Talk
"Brazil -- a black comedy that remains ahead of its time -- is one of the most audacious fantasies ever made."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Gilliam's Orwellian vision is memorable and distinctive"
‑ Dan Jardine, Cinemania
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