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At times hard to stomach, the movie nonetheless is a treat for the eye, the mind, and at brief, sparkling moments, the heart, as Sam Lowry (Jonathan Pryce) falls through a succession of blackly humorous horrors, stretching from the mundane reality of his dead-end job to the heartwrenching moments with the sweetheart of his dreams.

But through all the horror, the stupidity, ignorance, and cruel indifference of its characters, it remains a comedy, and viewers who stay mostly un-traumatized will find themselves giggling one moment, sobbing, moaning the next, and then falling into a fit of hysterics.

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