Monty Python's Life of Brian
Monty Python's Life of Brian (1979)

Monty Python delivers the group's sharpest and smartest satire of both religion and Hollywood's epic films. Set in 33 A.D. Judea where the exasperated Romans try to impose order, it is a time of chaos and change with no shortage of… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Comedy
Release Date: August 1, 1979
DVD Release Date: April 30, 1999
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Critic Score: 97% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: One of the more cutting=edge films of the 1970s, this religious farce from the classic comedy troupe is as poignant as it is funny and satirical.

Robert Osborne
Hollywood Reporter

Brian's life is pure hell. And very funny to watch.

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Time Out

Python successfully lampoon religious attitudes rather than religion itself.

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

Only a select few of [Monty Python's] truest fans will appreciate the message they convey in a movie that actively mocks the concept of organized religion while making us laugh along with them.

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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

I've always considered it the group's nadir; it seems toothlessly silly.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

Bad taste of this order is rare but not yet dead.

Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

It looked back 2000 years for its comic content, but was a decade ahead in provoking Christian controversy. Yet how much hotter would the steaming Pilate of blasphemy-accusations have got if the Pythons had included their scripted mockeries of Zionism?

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Variety Staff

Just as wacky and imaginative as their earlier film outings.

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Anthony Lane
New Yorker

The Pythons are enlightened jesters, whose scorn is reserved for those who persist in walking in darkness.

Sandie Angulo Chen
Common Sense Media

Sandaled Python pic too irreverent for young kids.

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Kevin M. Williams
Partly a riff on the mythos of one little known desert prophet, and part riff on the multitude of film about said prophet, it has the feel of the class clown… More
KJ Proulx
The Life of Brian is interesting for the first half, but it falls apart as the film progressively becomes annoying to watch. It just feels so much different… More
Alex roy
Life of Brian is a very funny film from Monty Python. I've seen all their films, and each are special in their own way. With this one, they really pulled… More
Spencer S.
From the Monty Python comedy troupe comes their second film venture, and their second narrative film. Many people blatantly compare this film to Holy Grail… More
Lucas Martins
It's not just a incredible satire to the fanatic religious people, but a masterpiece of the british cinema and comedy. Life of Brian is poignant,… More
familiar stranger
Wasn't really interested, but watched it anyways. Couldn't ignore it for long owing to the fact that it has secured a place in IMDb Top 250. The movie… More