YMMV / Brazil

  • 8.8: Roger Ebert is the ONLY critic on Rotten Tomatoes that doesn't like this movie.
  • Alternate Character Interpretation: Lowry is an irresponsible idiot who chooses to live for himself instead of helping others like Tuttle.
  • Awesome Music: Michael Kamen's music for the film has come to be a go-to theme for "Drone-like worker learns there's more to life" stories.
  • Crazy Awesome: Tuttle.
  • Crowning Moment of Funny:
    • At the fancy restaurant Sam orders a rare steak and complains that the pink glop served to him isn't rare.
  • Cult Classic: The film itself.
  • Ear Worm: Ba ba ba, ba ba ba badada... The fact that it's one of only three pieces of background music and the most prominent of all of them certainly doesn't hurt.
  • Ending Fatigue: Terry Gilliam planned on the ending getting bigger and bigger, more and more romantic, and just wilder until it just got painful... and was subverted with a massive Bittersweet Ending. The Love Conquers All version cuts the subversion.
  • Misaimed Fandom: Brazil is popular among the American Right, which Gilliam himself has said puzzles him. It was also beloved by some people living in the Iron Curtain at the time (who saw the film via bootleg copies) who perceived the film as anti-leftist even though Gilliam himself is a liberal. The film includes scathing satire of consumerism and authoritarianism, and one of its working titles was So That's Why the Bourgeoisie Sucks. In addition, the film criticizes several ideals that eventually became commonplace in America under the Bush administration and remains widely-held beliefs amongst the Freedom Caucus, such as terrorist paranoia and the torturing of suspected terrorists. It's quite possible that the reason it's interpreted as a conservative movie is that some viewers could see Sam's struggles with the government as something coming off of an Ayn Rand novel.
  • Retroactive Recognition: Jim Broadbent is Dr. Louis Jaffe, Mrs. Lowry's plastic surgeon.
  • Tear Jerker: Oh, lord that ending!
    • Also, the scene where Sam "refunds" Mrs. Buttle for her Husband is pretty gut-wrenching.
    • The little girl who says that she is waiting for her father to come home and Sam realizes that is Buttle's daughter.
  • This Is Your Premise on Drugs: This movie is basically a Philip K. Dick story on happy pills. Note that PKD is already pretty spacey. Crazy Awesome, anyone?
  • Vindicated by History: Initially unable to live up to the hype surrounding it (mostly concerning Gilliam's battle to get the proper version into theaters) and losing money at the box office, Brazil has joined the ranks of Dr. Strangelove and Fargo as one of the most memorable dark comedies of all time.