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  • 100
    Wesley Morris San Francisco Examiner

    It's a glimmering hunk of fractured brilliance riddled with Orwellian paranoia encased in a production design seemingly pieced together from the shared dreams of Franz Kakfa and Salvador Dali, and shot from cruelly low angles. show more

  • 50
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Perhaps it is not supposed to be clear; perhaps the movie's air of confusion is part of its paranoid vision. There are individual moments that create sharp images (shock troops drilling through a ceiling, De Niro wrestling with the almost obscene wiring and tubing inside a wall, the movie's obsession with bizarre duct work), but there seems to be no sure hand at the controls. show more

  • 70
    TV Guide

    Blindingly obtuse, excessively morose, the film is nevertheless dazzling in its inventive and massive sets and spectacular in its techniques...A powerful work that is both bleakly funny and breathtakingly assured. show more

  • 100
    Marjorie Baumgarten Austin Chronicle

    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. show more

  • 100
    Entertainment Weekly

    One of those rare gems that prove equally stunning on both aesthetic and cerebral levels. show more

  • 100
    Michael Atkinson Village Voice

    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. show more

  • 100
    John Hartl Film.com

    For all its occasional long-windedness and visual dazzle, Brazil may be the "Strangelove" of the 1980s. show more

  • 100
    Janet Maslin The New York Times

    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. show more

  • 100
    Richard Corliss Time

    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] show more

  • 100
    Dave Kehr Chicago Reader

    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. show more

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