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Fahrenheit 451

drama, sci-fi & fantasy


Ray Bradbury's bestselling masterpiece about a future without books takes on a chillingly realistic dimension in this film classic about a fireman charged with burning forbidden volumes.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    81%
  • Audience Score
    72%

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

  • Tomatometer®

    81%
    reviews counted: 9
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  • Audience

    72%

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh:

- Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Rotten: This 1966 film often looks good (it was Truffaut's first in color, photographed by Nicolas Roeg), but the ideas, such as they are, get lost in the meandering narrative.

- Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader, Tuesday, June 5, 2007

Fresh: While not one of Truffaut's strongest film, it is nonetheless one of his few explicitly political works and also boasts sharp imagery by Roeg) and indelible score by Herrmann.

- Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Audience Reviews

4 stars

Transposed to the screen by Truffaut and with an evoking score by Bernard Herrmann, Ray Bradbury's terrifying vision of a future is a brilliant allegory that remains intelligent and pertinent even today - when books may not be destroyed but are scorned by the people themselves.

- blacksheepboy, Friday, March 30, 2012

2 stars

I'm coming to love Truffaut, but even my second time through this film - the first time was Grade 10 English class, after the book was assigned - I found it really boring, nowhere near as intriguing as the novel. Full marks for the production design and the source material, but definitely not the director's best work... far from it.

- danperry17, Thursday, September 19, 2013

3 stars

Removing the robot dog, some of the darker elements and completely Hollywoodizing the ending, they really bastardized Ray Bradbury's famed novel yet managed to keep faithful to the core essence and meaning of the book. Along with The Giver, 1984 and Brave New World it is one of the best dystopian concepts involving a future society centralized around the neutering of human emotions. None of these books have managed to be adapted into a great cinematic film, which is ironic because they have such great thematic potential, so Fahrenheit 451 stands as a mini Sci-Fi classic mostly for lack of better options.

- staindslaved, Thursday, November 1, 2012