Fahrenheit 451
Fahrenheit 451 (1966)

Based on the famous book by Ray Bradbury, this film portrays a future society where books and reading are forbidden and "firemen" are charged with the responsibility of setting and maintaining fires at the 451 degrees necessary to… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: November 2, 1966
DVD Release Date: October 10, 2000
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Critic Score: 81% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Fahrenheit 451 is an intriguing film that suffuses Truffaut's trademark wit and black humor with the intelligence and morality of Ray Bradbury's novel.

Pauline Kael
The New Republic

Even at the science-fiction horror-story level, the movie fails -- partly, I think, because Truffaut is too much of an artist to exploit the vulgar possibilities in the material.

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Time Out

An underrated film, perhaps because it is less science fiction than a tale of 'once upon a time.'

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Josh Larsen

Bradbury's 1954 vision of a totalitarian society where technology is worshiped and books are burned has been neutered and consigned to camp.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

This 1966 film often looks good (it was Truffaut's first in color, photographed by Nicolas Roeg), but the ideas, such as they are, get lost in the meandering narrative.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

Holy smoke! What a pretentious and pedantic production he has made.

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Fernando F. Croce

Truffaut faces Bradbury's abstractions head on, not as science-fiction but as humanistic fairy-tale

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With a serious and even terrifying theme, this excursion into science fiction has been thoughtfully directed by Francois Truffaut and there is adequate evidence of light touches to bring welcome and needed relief to a sombre and scarifying subject.

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Glenn Dunks

Truffaut's movie clearly suffered from a troubled shoot - Truffaut didn't actually know English - so his oddball take on the material succeeds in only fits and bursts.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

On the downside, it doesn't particularly feel like a Truffaut film, but on the upside, it's a decent entry in the sci-fi genre.

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Flixster Audience Score: 72% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
Transposed to the screen by Truffaut and with an evoking score by Bernard Herrmann, Bradbury's terrifying vision of a future is a brilliant allegory that… More
Jim Hunter
What has always impressed me about Bradbury's classic is his commitment to post-Enlightenment ideals. This film and Bradbury's novel obviously… More
Kevin M. Williams
More like a jazz riff on the source material than a note by note translation, Traffaut's version actually adds interesting layers not intended by Bradbury.… More
Aj V
This may seem a strange film if you haven't read the book, but if you have you know it's awesome. I really liked the movie.
Daniel Perry
I'm coming to love Truffaut, but even my second time through this film - the first time was Grade 10 English class, after the book was assigned - I found… More
Daniel Hetteix
A classic sci-fi film in the social-commentary vein of Soylent Green. Unlike the latter, though, Fahrenheit 451 as a film ages very badly. The world seems thin,… More