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  • Summary: Brazil is a surrealistic nightmare vision of a "perfect" future where technology reigns supreme. Everyone is monitored by a secret government agency that forbids love to interfere with efficiency. When a daydreaming bureaucrat (Pryce) becomes unwittingly involved with an underground superhero and a beautiful mystery woman, he becomes the tragic victim of his own romantic illusions. [Universal Pictures] Expand
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  1. Positive: 10 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. 100
    A ferociously creative 1985 black comedy filled with wild tonal contrasts, swarming details, and unfettered visual invention--every shot carries a charge of surprise and delight.
  2. It's a glimmering hunk of fractured brilliance riddled with Orwellian paranoia encased in a production design seemingly pieced together from the shared dreams of Franz Kakfa and Salvador Dali, and shot from cruelly low angles.
  3. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    100
    There is not a more daft, more original or haunting vision to be seen on American movie screens this year... A terrific movie has escaped the asylum without a lobotomy. The good guys, the few directors itching to make films away from the assembly line, won one for a change. [30 Dec 1985, p.84]
  4. Reviewed by: Staff (Not Credited)
    100
    One of those rare gems that prove equally stunning on both aesthetic and cerebral levels.
  5. This modern cult classic is a triumphantly dark comedy directed by one of the film world's truly original visionaries, Terry Gilliam. "Imagination" is this futuristic film’s middle name.
  6. Reviewed by: Staff (Not Credited)
    90
    Chillingly hilarious.
  7. Brazil doesn't add up to much, not only because its cautionary tales are familiar, but because it has no real point of view, nothing urgent under its facile symbols. And the story winds on and on looking for a finish. Three or four times I reached for my coat prematurely. [17 Feb 1986, p.26]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 40 out of 51
  2. Negative: 6 out of 51
  1. RyanC.
    Sep 7, 2008
    10
    A beautiful, dystopian mess.
  2. Santa
    Feb 3, 2010
    10
    This film deserves a place on the Voyagers golden record-plate, if NASA should send its probe after the completion of Brazil!
  3. DanielR.d
    Feb 10, 2009
    10
    Gilliam slashed at the bloated stomach of the 80's and all its juicy guts spilled forth in this film. All the tidy systemic organs mingling with the filthy, slimy entrails, muddled together on the cutting room floor. He makes no critique of the dystopian/utopian system depicted, only the shared humanity that is haplessly trapped in its process. Expand
  4. OrenK.
    Sep 16, 2005
    9
    A great movie - brilliant Gilliam as always!
  5. Aug 13, 2014
    9
    It's hard to explain for some, why they love this movie. For me, it's hard to capture the movie in few sentences, it's almost impossible. In my opinion the best movie ever made, Lawrence of Arabia has a scale no movie has, Brazil however, comes right behind Lawrence. It's not the longest movie and it doesn't have the most complicated story, but it's great storytelling makes this movie multilayered. The more you think of it, the better it gets and not to mention it's catchy theme song, that you whistle weeks after you have seen it. I will not even try to explain the story as it has so many interpretations including my own, so the best you can do is to go see it. Expand
  6. Jul 30, 2014
    7
    "Brazil" is one of the most thought-provoking films I have ever watched. Set in a "Nineteen Eighty-Four"-like dystopia, it makes some strong points on political issues, such as totalitarianism, authoritarianism, capitalism, freedom and propaganda. With a satirical tone and a dose of insanity, it features an intricate plot that through its thrills and nonsensical twists, helps exposing and discussing the film's thematics better. There are many notable performances, including Pryce's and De Niro's. An allegory at its core, "Brazil" is quite enjoyable if you don't stick to following its illogical story line rather than trying to look for the misty meaning behind it. Expand
  7. RockoD.
    Jan 14, 2008
    0
    Awful movie. This is one of those movies people who like to appear intelligent say they totally got, but they are lying. This movie doesn't make any sense. Expand

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