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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 14
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 14
  3. Negative: 1 out of 14
  1. 100
    It has been said that a Monty Python movie is only successful if it offends everyone in the audience at least once. By that measuring stick as well as nearly any other, The Life of Brian is an unqualified triumph. It makes us confront our foibles and laugh at them.
  2. Reviewed by: Robert Abele
    100
    Astringently funny masterpiece.
  3. 91
    As far as a coherent, hilarious story line, as well as sheer blasphemous glee, you can't do much better than "Life of Brian."
  4. 80
    Given the current heightened tenor of religious rhetoric and paranoia, it may well wind up pushing brand-new buttons today. To quote Michael Palin quoting Jesus, "There's just no pleasing some people."
  5. Reviewed by: Staff (Not Credited)
    80
    Just as wacky and imaginative as their earlier film outings. (Review of Original Release)
  6. 75
    Funny, in that peculiar British way where jokes are told sideways, with the obvious point and then the delayed zinger.
  7. 30
    Sluggish, repetitive, and strangely timorous, with little of the zap and imagination of the Pythons' television work.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 17
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 17
  3. Negative: 3 out of 17
  1. Mar 3, 2012
    10
    The absolute pinnacle of Monty Python's career is represented in this zany romp through ancient Judea that runs parallel to the story of Jesus. Holy Grail has nearly all of the classic one-liners, it's still not as funny and certainly much rougher than this polished cousin. While definitely not for those who are unable to laugh at a lampooning of the roots of their Abrahamic faith or who squirm at the sight of full frontal nudity, Life of Brian is still one of my highest-recommended films of all time. Brilliant! Expand
  2. May 15, 2011
    10
    Classic piece of British cinema, only an idiot could not find this funny... There's not an unfunny moment, it's filled with wit and of course classic Python, and definitely worth a watch Expand
  3. Oct 24, 2013
    10
    Widely considered to be one of the most controversial movies of all time, but also considered to be one of the funniest movies of all time. Life of Brian is my second favorite comedy ever. After the earlier Monty Python movie, Monty Python and the Holy Grail. It may not have top class acting or stunning special effects, but it's a masterpiece in it's own way. Expand
  4. RW
    Dec 22, 2007
    8
    Not as good as The Holy Grail, but still funny none the less.
  5. NickJ.
    Sep 10, 2009
    8
    Extremely witty references as always, and the spaceship provides a bit of craziness in this Monty Python classic.
  6. Feb 1, 2014
    7
    I admit that at the beginning, I found "Life of Brian" a bit inflated, but it managed to pull itself together in a such brilliant, ironic and optimistic way that I would have never expected. Life is kind of sh*t, when you look at it. That's the film's message. "Life of Brian" is not a subtle film, but a forthright one. Expand
  7. SkebF.
    Apr 29, 2007
    0
    THE worst movie I have ever seen. I faked laughed a lot cause my friend was laughing. The jokes are sooo terrible. I absolutly HATE this movie.

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