1984 (1984)

This is the second film version of George Orwell's cautionary novel. Winston Smith, a bureaucratic flunky living in a totalitarian state, breaks the law by falling in love with Julia. Attempting to escape, Winston and Julia are tracked… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: October 10, 1984
DVD Release Date: March 4, 2003
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Rob Vaux

Like the book, 1984 understands that forgetting these lessons puts us a step closer to the unthinkable.

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

The visuals capture the oppressive atmosphere of the novel even if the script can't quite convey the sheer horror (and chilling wordplay) whipped up by Orwell.

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Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

A scary reminder of how easily totalitarian ideas and ideals crop up in societies and take fierce hold.

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Barbara Shulgasser
Common Sense Media

Book-based tale has brutal political torture, violence, sex.

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Rob Vaux

Its accuracy goes hand-in-hand with its unobtrusive nature, perfectly creating the ordinariness of Orwell's dystopian nightmare in ways that unsettle you only in retrospect.

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Alex Sandell
Juicy Cerebellum

Better than to be expected adaptation of the book. Not bad, but nothing worthy writing Big Brother about.

Richard von Busack

It's the linguistic cargo - the story of "Newspeak," the outlining of the censor's calling - that makes this tale still fearful.

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Steve Crum

Solid version of the famous sci-fi novel. Big Brother again rules.

Larry Carroll

Slow moving and hard to follow. Not nearly as good as it should have been. Just go read the book instead.

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Flixster Audience Score: 71% Flixster User Reviews
Red Lats
I have to start by stating I've read the book. That always has an impact on how one views a movie. In my case, it has been over 25 years since I read and… More
Unknown Hobo
There are just some stories that are better left on paper. For all my love of Orwell (and believe me it runs deep) there was something sordid about watching… More
xGary Xx
In a totalitarian society that brands any dissent or emotional connection with another individual a "thought crime", a humble civil servant enters… More
Melvin White
O'Brien: Power is tearing human minds apart and putting them back together in new shapes of your own choosing.á "Big Brother is watching" 1984… More
Alex roy
George Orwell's book 1984 is one of the most important literary works ever written. This adaptation is a well crafted film that has glimmer of hope. In… More
Megan S
It really didn't catch my attention at all. I remember liking the book a lot in high school but I just couldn't get into this movie.