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  • Rated R
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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.

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Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: Brazil serves up one of the most breathtakingly imaginative worlds ever to be put on screen.

- Beth Accomando,, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Fresh: 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.

- Cole Smithey,, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Fresh: Gilliam's Orwellian vision is memorable and distinctive

- Dan Jardine, Cinemania, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Audience Reviews

4 stars

A brilliant mad mess of a movie concerning a simple, mousy man (Jonathan Pryce), who is stuck to a boring, dead-end job in an Orwellian future, but still has big dreams of what he wants to become. The humor is pitch-black, the acting is precisely over the top, and the story is jammed packed with sublime jabs at society's clinging to clutter that is not making us better in the long run. The film's delightfully silly take on bureaucracy is a huge driving point to its success, where Gilliam continually finds ways to spice up his story while never missing a chance to take a swipe at something he hates. Not everyone's cup of tea to be sure, but besides "Monty Python and the Holy Grail", this is Gilliam's masterstroke. Although the relationship between Pryce and dream-girl Kim Greist could have used more work, with Greist's performance failing to leave a lasting impression, the story still succeeds on virtually every front. Not a perfect film, but very close to one.

- fb619846742, Tuesday, December 25, 2012

5 stars

Gilliam's funny and disturbing commentary on a modern society that protects us all while sort of feeding on us is beyond price. Jonathon Pryce is spot on as a Stan Laurel everyman haplessly trying to right an impossibly wrong world. And the title? Its a dream destination that no one gets to.

- ApeneckFletcher, Sunday, July 29, 2012

1 star

As I've always slated this film without completing I thought I would give this the full viewing that my Flixster friends request. Over 2 and a half hours later, I can confirm, that I completely agree with my original review, it was painful to watch and whilst I do appreciate the creativity and ideas here, I truly cannot see it's brilliance that so many others can.

- 76Majikat, Sunday, December 4, 2011