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  • 75
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    Blessed are the Pythons for making holy wit of the Holy Writ. show more

  • 100
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    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. show more

  • 88
    Ty Burr Boston Globe

    "No God and no religion can survive ridicule," wrote Mark Twain, but for once the sage of Hannibal was wrong. show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Funny, in that peculiar British way where jokes are told sideways, with the obvious point and then the delayed zinger. show more

  • 80
    TV Guide

    While it may lack the sheer comic anarchy of their other work, Life of Brian may be probably the funniest collective efforts concocted by the British comedy troupe "Monty Python's Flying Circus," is their most sustained effort. (Review of Original Release) show more

  • 91
    Marc Mohan Portland Oregonian

    As far as a coherent, hilarious story line, as well as sheer blasphemous glee, you can't do much better than "Life of Brian." show more

  • 100
    L.A. Weekly

    Astringently funny masterpiece. show more

  • 90
    Kenneth Turan Los Angeles Times

    The more things change, the more we have to laugh if we are to have a prayer of remaining sane, and the Pythons are the best possible step in that direction. show more

  • 80
    Gregory Weinkauf Dallas Observer

    Brian's brilliant, saved itself by benefactor George Harrison, who ponied up the budget of 2 million pounds...simply because he loved the script when industry bigwigs turned characteristically chicken. Its overall irreverence proves a lasting balm for the ages. Thank you, Pythons, for setting such a high and enduring standard. show more

  • 80

    Just as wacky and imaginative as their earlier film outings. (Review of Original Release) show more

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