Monty Python's Life of Brian
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Monty Python's Life of Brian
On a midnight clear 2,000 years ago, three wise men enter a manger where a babe is wrapped in swaddling clothes. It is an infant called Brian...and the three wise men are in the wrong manger. For the rest of his life, Brian (Graham Chapman) finds himself regarded as something of a messiah -- yet he's always in the shadow of this other guy from Galilee. Brian is witness to the Sermon of the Mount, but his seat is in such a bad location that he can't hear any of it ("Blessed are the cheesemakers?"). Ultimately, he is brought before Pontius Pilate and sentenced to crucifixion,… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 96%

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"I've always considered it the group's nadir; it seems toothlessly silly."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"Bad taste of this order is rare but not yet dead."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"Only a select few of [Monty Python's] truest fans will appreciate the message they convey in a movie that actively mocks the concept of organized religion while making us laugh along with them."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"It's a Mel Brooks kind of Jewish joke film made by gentiles."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"A cheeky, irreverent parallel to the life of Jesus by the last great comedy troupe to make movies."
‑ Marty Mapes, Movie Habit
"Just as wacky and imaginative as their earlier film outings."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"The Pythons are enlightened jesters, whose scorn is reserved for those who persist in walking in darkness."
‑ Anthony Lane, New Yorker
"It looked back 2000 years for its comic content, but was a decade ahead in provoking Christian controversy. Yet how much hotter would the steaming Pilate of blasphemy-accusations have got if the Pythons had included their scripted mockeries of Zionism?"
‑ Brian Gibson, Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
"Brian contains too many hilarious bits to single out the best."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Although some consider Monty Python an acquired taste, anyone with a sense of humor and an open mind should find something in this movie to enjoy."
‑ Scott Nash, Three Movie Buffs
"Python successfully lampoon religious attitudes rather than religion itself."
‑ , Time Out
"Funny, in that peculiar British way where jokes are told sideways, with the obvious point and then the delayed zinger."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Sandaled Python pic too irreverent for young kids."
‑ Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
"Boys of my generation memorize the Monty Python repertoire as a buttress against the terror of losing their virginity."
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
"...targets...religious zealots who take Jesus' simple messages of peace and love and use cries for war and persecution."
‑ Uri Lessing,
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