Brewster McCloud
Brewster McCloud (1971)

A boy yearns to fly in Robert Altman's whimsical youthquake parable. With the aid of seraphic Louise (Sally Kellerman), owlish Brewster (Bud Cort) constructs a pair of human-size wings in his Houston Astrodome nest to realize his dream.… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: June 1, 1971
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Critic Score: 83% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff

A sardonic fairy tale for the times, extremely well cast and directed.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

We get the sense of a live intelligence, rushing things ahead on the screen, not worrying whether we'll understand.

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Kevin Carr
7M Pictures

I can't say that I regret watching Brewster McCloud, but I also can't say that I'd sit through it again.

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Time Out

Altman's unexpected follow-up to MASH is pitched fairly successfully between escapist fantasy and satirical comment on the same.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

One of Robert Altman's most charming exercises in cabaret humor and off-the-cuff modernism.

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Ryan Cracknell
Movie Views

There is something delightful in the absurdity and chaos of the movie that kept my interest even as I struggled to pinpoint exactly what it was that I was watching.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

It's imitation hip.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A wacko funny pic.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

The film is so odd and freewheeling that it probably should have become a cult classic, if not for the fact that it has been so hard to find on video.

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Flixster Audience Score: 84% Flixster User Reviews
Graham Jones
Altman's most experimental work.
Lesley N
1970's Altman drama about a boy building a pair of wings in a fallout shelter. A grown-up fairy tale with a surreal murder story and a wild cast including… More
Stella Dallas
i don't get how the studio ever released this. no way could that happen today. and how much of this was improv? was there a script beyond the basic… More
Christopher Brown
The most bizarre Robert Altman film, and therefore, one of my favourites. A great, almost, anti-film.
Stephen M
"Brewster McCloud" is usually dismissed as a fairly disastrous follow-up to Altman's breakthrough success, "M*A*S*H", but it's… More