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An unpredictable black comedy with an epic scope, Emir Kusturica's highly acclaimed Underground takes a look at the modern history of Yugoslavia through the often absurd misadventures of two friends over several decades. The film begins in Belgrade in 1941, establishing the friendship between the gregarious Blacky and the more intellectual Marko during a drunken, late-night musical procession that establishes the riotous tone to follow. Fellow members of the Communist Party, the friends also share an involvement in shady business activities and an attraction for a beautiful actress. Soon,… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 83%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A sprawling, rowdy, vital film laced with both outrageous absurdist dark humor and unspeakable pain, suffering and injustice."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"Brilliant, outrageous filmmaking. Underground is touching, hilarious, and new."
‑ Jake Euker, F5 (Wichita, KS)
"Offers a zany overview of the treacherous path of politics in Yugoslavia leading to the outbreak of civil war in 1992."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"So passionate, so exciting and so very odd at times that most of its obvious faults can be forgiven."
‑ Jeff Vice, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"One of the most ribald, risky and madcap war movies ever filmed."
‑ Bruce Kirkland, Jam! Movies
"Feverish, whimsical allegory elevated by moments of brilliant clarity."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"Emir Kusturica's tragic-farce Underground may be the most important film of the last 25 years."
‑ Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine
"It's a snoozer."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"For anyone who's an aficionado of film, this is pure, unadulterated bliss."
‑ Joe Baltake, Sacramento Bee
"I suppose Kusturica can justify the 167-minute length by the historical breadth of the movie, but it simply doesn't sustain one's interest, significant or not."
‑ Barbara Shulgasser, San Francisco Examiner
"The film can be both frenetic and strained. But it also has has a great deal of power and can be quite haunting."
‑ Jeff Millar, Houston Chronicle
"A sprawling, imaginative, bold and impressive work."
‑ , Boxoffice Magazine
"One of the great moviegoing experiences of recent years -- a work of staggering sadness, vitality, and comic invention that's as awe-inspiring a spectacle in its own unhinged way as Titanic."
‑ Jim Ridley, Nashville Scene
"It's a heady mix, charmingly idealistic and bracingly clear-eyed, powerful and sad, and it sticks with you, and in you."
‑ Marc Savlov, Austin Chronicle
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