'Brazil' Critic Reviews

89%
MovieWeb:   1 reviews
98%
Rotten Tomatoes:   45 reviews
  • Janet Maslin New York Times (Top Critic)
    80
    A superb example of the power of comedy to underscore serious ideas, even solemn ones.
    Full Review » 11 years ago
  • Michael Atkinson Village Voice (Top Critic)
    Gilliam understood that all futuristic films end up quaintly evoking the naive past in which they were made, and turned the principle into a coherent comic aesthetic.
    Full Review » 15 years ago
  • Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal (Top Critic)
    [A] darkly funny and truly visionary retro-futurist fantasy.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times (Top Critic)
    50
    Very hard to follow.
    Full Review » 15 years ago
  • Dave Kehr Chicago Reader (Top Critic)
    Terry Gilliam's ferociously creative black comedy is filled with wild tonal contrasts, swarming details, and unfettered visual invention -- every shot carries a charge of surprise and delight.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Variety (Top Critic)
    Brazil offers a chillingly hilarious vision of the near-future.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • John Hartl Film.com (Top Critic)
    For all its occasional long-windedness and visual dazzle, Brazil may be the Strangelove of the 1980s.
    Full Review » 15 years ago
  • James Berardinelli ReelViews (Top Critic)
    75
    Brazil is a stinging, Strangelovian satire of the power of the bureaucracy in an Orwellian landscape.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Chris Sawin Examiner.com
    100
    Brazil is this unique amalgamation of ideas straight out of Terry Gilliam's head that results in something so strange and so unique that it's just genius with a conclusion that is undeniably haunting.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • R. L. Shaffer IGN DVD
    90
    An energetically quirky social metaphor, political commentary and action/sci-fi farce all balled up into one outrageously enjoyable experience, provided you like the work of Terry Gilliam.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Jason Best Movie Talk
    100
    Gilliam crams the screen with such a proliferation of bizarre and comic details that you'll want to revisit this particular nightmare again and again.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com
    75
    Influenced by Kafka, Orwell, and Kubrick, Gilliam's darkly humorous futuristic satire is narratively flawed and excessive in many ways, but it displays its creator's wildly vivid imagination and is intermittently witty.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Jennie Kermode Eye for Film
    100
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Beth Accomando KPBS.org
    100
    Brazil serves up one of the most breathtakingly imaginative worlds ever to be put on screen.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • TV Guide's Movie Guide
    88
    Brazil -- a black comedy that remains ahead of its time -- is one of the most audacious fantasies ever made.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Dennis Schwartz Ozus' World Movie Reviews
    84
    The bleak Brazil reaches for greatness but just falls short.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Cole Smithey ColeSmithey.com
    100
    If anyone ever doubts the visionary significance of Terry Gilliam's once bright genius as a filmmaker of enormous depth and cynical humor, you need only to visit upon his career-topping 1985 masterpiece of surreal satire.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Dan Jardine Cinemania
    85
    Gilliam's Orwellian vision is memorable and distinctive
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Time Out
    Fortunately the story of an alternative future is realised with such visual imagination and sparky humour that it's only half way through that the plot's weaknesses become apparent.
    Full Review » 9 years ago
  • Pete Vonder Haar Film Threat
    100
    Brilliant all around; Gilliam at his peak
    Full Review » 9 years ago
  • Linda Cook Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
    100
    Full Review » 9 years ago
  • Robin Clifford Reeling Reviews
    60
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat Spirituality and Practice
    80
    Celebrates imagination as the only escape from a bleak, ridiculous, and troubled world.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Jeffrey M. Anderson Combustible Celluloid
    A masterly film (and still one of the ten best films of the 1980s.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Spence D. IGN Movies
    100
    Full Review » 11 years ago