Brazil (1985)

Terry Gilliam's 1985 film is a surrealist nightmare of a low-level bureaucrat in a dismal world of the near future.

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Rated: R
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Release Date: February 20, 1985
DVD Release Date: March 31, 1998
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Critic Score: 98% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Brazil, Terry Gilliam's visionary Orwellian fantasy, is an audacious dark comedy, filled with strange, imaginative visuals.

Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal

[A] darkly funny and truly visionary retro-futurist fantasy.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

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.

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Renee Schonfeld
Common Sense Media

Inventive, prophetic black comedy; lots of violence, mayhem.

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James Berardinelli

Brazil is a stinging, Strangelovian satire of the power of the bureaucracy in an Orwellian landscape.

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Time Out

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.

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Chris Sawin

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.

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Brazil offers a chillingly hilarious vision of the near-future.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

A superb example of the power of comedy to underscore serious ideas, even solemn ones.

R. L. Shaffer

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.

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Kevin M. Williams
Gilliam's funny and disturbing commentary on a modern society (only half pretending to be about some imaginary "other place" yet spot on accurate… More
Dan Schultz
A brilliant mad mess of a movie concerning a simple, mousy man (Jonathan Pryce), who is stuck to a boring, dead-end job in an Orwellian future, but still has… More
Kase Vollebregt
A tour-de-force of dark comedy, terror, whimsy, and insufferable bureaucracy.
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Terry Gilliam's Brazil is a highly engaging black comedy that uses a dystopian society as its backdrop, and puts a unique twist on the genre, and through… More
Reid Volk
I have never been a major Gilliam fan. I saw Time Bandits when I was young and I think it might have scarred me. However, Gilliam's unique visual style… More