Fahrenheit 451
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 81%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Even at the science-fiction horror-story level, the movie fails -- partly, I think, because Truffaut is too much of an artist to exploit the vulgar possibilities in the material."
‑ Pauline Kael, The New Republic
"An underrated film, perhaps because it is less science fiction than a tale of 'once upon a time.'"
‑ , Time Out
"Bradbury's 1954 vision of a totalitarian society where technology is worshiped and books are burned has been neutered and consigned to camp."
‑ Josh Larsen, LarsenOnFilm
"A marvelously courageous personal statement that becomes more fascinating with time."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"A keen adaptation of Ray Bradbury's novel by Truffaut; eerie in its simplicity and matter-of-factness about book burning and Big Brotherism."
‑ Bob Bloom, Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
"This 1966 film often looks good (it was Truffaut's first in color, photographed by Nicolas Roeg), but the ideas, such as they are, get lost in the meandering narrative."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"Holy smoke! What a pretentious and pedantic production he has made."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"Truffaut faces Bradbury's abstractions head on, not as science-fiction but as humanistic fairy-tale"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"While not one of Truffaut's strongest film, it is nonetheless one of his few explicitly political works and also boasts sharp imagery by Roeg) and indelible score by Herrmann."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Dated and a little silly now, but one must love Ray Francois and Julie in a common mix."
‑ Gregory Weinkauf, New Times
"With a serious and even terrifying theme, this excursion into science fiction has been thoughtfully directed by Francois Truffaut and there is adequate evidence of light touches to bring welcome and needed relief to a sombre and scarifying subject."
‑ , Variety
"Truffaut's movie clearly suffered from a troubled shoot - Truffaut didn't actually know English - so his oddball take on the material succeeds in only fits and bursts."
‑ Glenn Dunks, Quickflix
"On the downside, it doesn't particularly feel like a Truffaut film, but on the upside, it's a decent entry in the sci-fi genre."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"É trágico constatar que a visão de Bradbury vem tornando-se cada vez mais real: a diferença é que, em vez de queimados, os livros vêm sendo simplesmente ignorados."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"This is the kind of film that should encourage the perceptive viewer to rush out to the library to read someone like Herman Melville before it's too late."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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