Underground (1995)

This allegorical European black comedy examines the past 50 years, between 1941 and 1992 in Yugoslavia's history. The subtitled film is over three hours long, and is divided into three segments. The protagonists are band-leader Marko… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: June 20, 1995
DVD Release Date: December 23, 2003
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Critic Score: 81% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Offering an insightful look at Communist Eastern Europe through the microcosm of a long friendship, Underground is an exhausting, exhilarating epic.

Dave Kehr
New York Daily News

Delirious in its excess, but never less than ferociously intelligent and operatically emotional, Underground represents one of those rare, exhilarating moments when an outsize artistic vision is fueled by an apparently unlimited budget. Not to be missed.

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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune

Kusturica takes us from wacky farce to harrowing grief to lyrical fantasy to bloody horror. To ignore any side of Underground is to do it injustice.

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Kate Muir
Times (UK)

Acknowledged as the Bosnian director Emir Kusturica's masterpiece, Underground is a hallucinogenic comic romp through Yugoslavia's troubled history over 50 years.

Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

A triumph of mise en scene mated to a comic vision that keeps topping its own hyperbole.

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Joshua Klein
AV Club

Underground is a bizarre, often repellent anti-war parable that takes forever to state the obvious but hits some scattered high notes on the way.

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Empire Magazine

On balance, Kusturica is sturdier on style than substance.

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John Hartl
Seattle Times

A rich, vibrant, visually spectacular survey of the changes the place has gone through during the past 50 years.

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Deborah Young

Emir Kusturica's epic black comedy about Yugoslavia from 1941 to 1992 is a three-hour steamroller circus that leaves the viewer dazed and exhausted, but mightily impressed.

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Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)

Brilliant, outrageous filmmaking. Underground is touching, hilarious, and new.

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Flixster Audience Score: 96% Flixster User Reviews
Lucas Martins
One of the best films I ever saw. A surreal, poetic, unique and dark comedy about war, pride, friendship and illusion. An controversial epic of Emir Kusturica.
Michael S
*On my "best of the 1990s" list.
Stefanie C
One of the best black comedies I have ever seen! Comedy typically doesn't do so well with war time settings; but, with such characters, you can't help… More
Cameron Johnson
"Familiar music, familiar sound does mute your thoughts for the underground!" I chose to reference Curtis Mayfield's "Underground", of… More
Ross Collins
Totally surreal tale of two brothers' resistance against the German occupation of Yugoslavia. They form an underground society to help the communist effort… More
Leina Rodriguez