Brazil

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Universal acclaim- based on 283 Ratings

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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 undergroundBrazil 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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. 100
    It remains a stunning achievement, if nearly as exhausting and frustrating as the Tex Avery bureaucracy it roasts, but Gilliam's stylistic dysfunctionalities, art-directed out of junkyards, are what still percolate in the forebrain.
  2. 100
    Brazil may not be the best film of the year, but it's a remarkable accomplishment for Mr. Gilliam, whose satirical and cautionary impulses work beautifully together. His film's ambitious visual style bears this out, combining grim, overpowering architecture with clever throwaway touches.
  3. Time
    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. 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.
  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. The New Republic
    Reviewed by: Stanley Kauffmann
    40
    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: 42 out of 54
  2. Negative: 6 out of 54
  1. RyanC.
    Sep 7, 2008
    10
    A beautiful, dystopian mess.
  2. JamesK
    Jul 15, 2009
    10
    Brilliant in every way, just dark enough and just thought provoking enough to be interesting without distracting.
  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 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. Nov 11, 2012
    9
    One of the best movies I've seen.
    Brazil is very complicated and 'hard' movie to understand. It's highly detailed and every scene has
    One of the best movies I've seen.
    Brazil is very complicated and 'hard' movie to understand. It's highly detailed and every scene has something that symbolizes something.
    The bureaucracy has taken control of everything and everyone works all day long and don't know for what.
    Capitalism is everywhere and the people have been divided into castes.
    Then there comes the protagonist and decides to go outside the 'box' and be free. Or at least try to.
    A brilliant story. But not for everyone. You should still watch it and see if you like it!
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  6. sc
    Aug 7, 2008
    7
    Close to a perfect movie but begins to lose focus as some great ideas give way to a formulaic plotline.
  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 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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