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1995
Comedy
Drama
2h 47m
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Rated 14 Aug 2007
92
96th
Kusturica is the cinematic equivalent of Vonnegut. Incredible characters. An ability to mine the richest humor from awful situations, but also to not forget the sadness and horror while doing it. An obvious deep love for humanity. A small touch of the surreal. He leaves you breathless... and hungry for more.
Rated 03 Jan 2011
100
95th
It is truly one of the most visionary, inspired works of art that defies genre and transcends nationality as an insane, clamorous and emotional masterpiece of Yugoslavian tragedy through its affluent symbolisms, delightfully macabre humour and visceral genius in merging reality with fantasy into a final unparalleled chorus of absolute, feral madness. Both painful and hysterical, it breeds horror and power, the sickness and beauty of the human condition. This movie is sick. It is fucking sick!
Rated 07 Jan 2010
95
97th
From now on, this is what I'll think of when I use the term "black comedy". Few films are able to jump so ably, so quickly, from the tragic to the comic, from horror to innocence, and be so enjoyable to watch all the way through.
Rated 12 Dec 2010
26
15th
I'm obviously missing a lot here, because this was my top PSI yet I'm ranking it in my T2. There are some striking moments here, and occasional pathos. However, the dark comedy, which I think some find appealingly absurdist, was to me more slapstick -- it's way over the top and it never lets up. The insertion of stock (and faux-stock) footage was alienating and the running parable about 20th century Balkan history was hard to reconcile with my admittedly scant understanding of the subject.
Rated 31 Jan 2007
95
94th
My appreciation of Underground decreased ever so slightly after I saw Time of the Gypsies, which I felt did some of the same things better, but heavens, this is awesome beyond belief. The last half hour is fucking ill.
Rated 05 Jan 2007
97
99th
An amazing film that is at the same time a poetic metaphor of a war, a realistic description of a war and a black comedy about a war. Brilliant in every possible way.
Rated 30 Mar 2007
100
95th
One of the best films of the '90s by a country mile. BRAVO! BRAVO! *phweet* *phweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeet*
Rated 13 Oct 2009
94
92nd
Man, I just can't find the right words to describe Emir Kusturica. He is certainly one of the most creative directors of the last two decades, and this movie is unique as all the others Kusturica's I've seen.
Rated 28 Nov 2014
9
99th
above all this is a monumental work of joy and music and horror and colour and sadness and tragedy, and the tragedy is laid on thicker and thicker and thicker, at which point the tragedy and the joy combine into an ending and oh my god. i am ecstatic and distraught and just in complete disbelief at what i just saw.
Rated 17 Jan 2011
94
97th
Maybe the best film ever made about war, arms, escalation, exploitation, and the majority of society churning and boiling underneath it all, giving rise to its drives and fulfilling its needs to perpetuate. The magical realism that permeates the story grants incredible, surreal glimpses of the potential celebration, appreciation, joy, and commonality that the "underground" always has, but rarely seizes.
Rated 06 May 2017
30
1st
Couldn't bother to watch more than 55 minutes. Very off-putting and dirty.
Rated 19 Mar 2007
87
87th
Kusturica straddles the line between funny and cruel, and despite stepping over it just a bit sometimes, he manages to stay on the funny side for most of the film. Fantastic commentary on the human condition and a lot of bizarre laughs in a truly unique film.
Rated 05 Nov 2016
0
8th
Makes one fatigue to watch...
Rated 13 May 2009
90
95th
random cat shoe-shine
Rated 21 Jun 2012
11
98th
An ecstatic eruption of Fellini, Renoir and Brecht. With its bold blend of art, satire and entertainment this is undeniably a masterpiece that only grew in importance since its making.
Rated 11 Nov 2009
10
97th
I love how the film maintained its light comedic tone, as the main characters seemed to sink deeper into despair. "Underground" is a beautiful, compelling and honest work of art. Kusturica not only plays with your heartstrings but is in full control of his own artistic style. A masterpiece and worthy Palme D'or winner. Recommended !!!
Rated 18 Aug 2007
95
89th
This movie creates a wounderfully strange universe that you are instantly drawn into and makes you accept a few far-fetched leaps of faith. The music makes you wish YOU were constantly followed by a brassband playing eastern european music as a soundtrack of your life. I got into this movie when I read that the band Kaizers Orchestra's lead singer wrote a lot of their first songs inspired by the moods in this movie, something which is evident eg. in the song "Resistansen" that paints a pictur
Rated 22 Aug 2007
45
17th
Unbearably smug and heavy-handed satire of Serbian nationalism that ends with an unbearably smug, heavy-handed, and sentimental celebration of Serbian nationalism. I don't know what it's getting at, but there are no real pathos. Nothing to really connect with. But at least you can say you're politically aware and very clever in liking it. Incredibly won the Palme D'or that year over ED WOOD, CITY OF LOST CHILDREN, KIDS, and DEAD MAN (which I don't like either, but respect).
Rated 31 Dec 2011
90
89th
Sometimes the wackiness feels forced and the satire a little obvious, and a couple of sequences didn't work for me (the scenes of Blacky and his son murdering people working on a film felt grotesque, and the epilogue is almost too long, but steps back just in time to save itself), but the way it all leads to that gut-punch of a third act felt earned, so I'm not gonna bitch. The actors are terrifyingly physical, with themselves and each other. They make South Korean actors look like ballerinas.
Rated 24 Jul 2015
95
96th
Hyper-poignant, it is one of the films you should watch before you die. I don't think it is possible to completely comprehend its depth, without going through it all in real life; but this is as close as you can get to understand 50 years of history of a part of the world in about 3 hours. The balkan music has the special capacity to hack my brain and bring me to a different mindset; so I think that's why I feel like I have been hit by an emotional truck right now.
Rated 25 Mar 2007
70
82nd
A surreal film which is a hell of a trip.
Rated 10 Feb 2011
94
98th
Absolutely brilliant. I would have loved to see the 320 minute original cut.
Rated 04 Jan 2024
79
89th
Lost me for a bit in the middle but that final half-hour is fucking nuts.
Rated 19 Feb 2023
20
7th
Hayatımda en büyük hayal kırıklığına uğradığım film. Bu filme yüksek veren arkadaşları acil bi şekilde tekrar izlemeye davet ediyorum. Güldür güldürden farkı olmayan bir şey izledim sanki. Kusturica benim için bu filmle bitti. ayrıca aptal herif bu özlediğin Yugoslavya'yı kuran Tito'yu eleştireceğine ülkeyi bölen Milliyetçilere bi bak. idiot
Rated 16 Feb 2021
85
51st
Come and See Amarcord
Rated 29 Oct 2013
90
97th
Such a unique and brilliant seriocomedy, filled with imaginative ideas and images. Maddening but indelible.
Rated 15 Mar 2014
89
97th
89.000
Rated 17 Oct 2015
72
71st
I guess i can understand why Slavoj Zizek hates this, but seeing as how i don't have anything politically invested in it i can just sit back and admire the audacity of this grandiose, silly, epically indulgent spectacle that Kusturica created. That said, it's still nowhere near as great as Arizona Dream (but then again few films are), but if nothing else I can't help but admire it just for flying in the face of every respectable Euro-arthouse convention with it's sheer unabashed maximalism.
Rated 23 Oct 2023
54
38th
Humor in first two acts often feels forced and doesn't work as well as ie. in Black Cat, White Cat. It's not dull only due to the colorfulness of the set designed by Kusturica. Last act is a different story, though. Impressive war drama, where everyone loses something. Impressive scenes that will stay with the viewer for a long time (ie. wheelchair on fire).
Rated 04 Nov 2009
82
92nd
Very Nice Movie
Rated 28 Jul 2011
89
89th
A madcap, expansive farce-epic of Yugoslavia, from 1941 to 1992, following a pair of black-market profiteers as they go from friends to enemies, to (in a way) friends again. A film filled with bawdiness, wit, and magical realism, which for the most part works wonderfully. The final act seems a bit rushed, and a few subplots seem truncated (to be fair, it was trimmed from a five-hour miniseries), but the acting, directing, and writing are alike excellent. And the theme music is damned infectious.
Rated 08 May 2022
99
99th
This is the film Michael Cimino wanted to make with Heaven's Gate.
Rated 05 Feb 2022
71
69th
that romanian film "the oak" i feel like does kusturica better than kusturica does kusturica
Rated 07 Nov 2021
56
52nd
Not as good as I remember it
Rated 06 Aug 2021
99
99th
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Rated 16 Jan 2021
91
90th
So that movie was... everything? Fellini-Jeunet-Vigo by way of Come and See. Hilarious and devastating.
Rated 19 Mar 2018
82
77th
Kusturica takes craziness to the whole new level. It's very entertaining and funny to watch and it's a good recap of the history of Yugoslavia. Goran Bregovic makes an incredible work making the music for the movie which helps to create this uniquely wild Balkan atmosphere. Blacky is the most manly character in the history of cinema!
Rated 14 May 2014
4
55th
the bookends are absolutely nightmarish and indelible, though it lost me in between from time to time. clearly a work of genius, does anything else exist that remotely resembles this tonally?
Rated 24 Jul 2017
88
89th
One of the best YU movies
Rated 27 Feb 2020
100
98th
en iyi yönetmen, en iyi erkek oyuncu, en iyi müzik ve tabii ki en iyi senaryo ödülünü veriyorum. günlerdir izlediğim vasat filmlerden sonra bir kez daha izlemek ilaç gibi geldi. 190/100 duygusal puanım, 100/100 objektif puanım
Rated 06 Nov 2010
85
71st
There are still a few things that disturb me in the movie but it's so breathtaking...
Rated 19 Aug 2014
90
80th
The complete opposite of the somber drama I was expecting. It's like Fellini made a movie about World War II, but by way of Monty Python, so absolutely insane, to say the least. The humor didn't always work for me, but I admired its brazenness nonetheless.
Rated 12 Jan 2011
80
6th
1
Rated 28 Sep 2019
81
84th
I mean, it's a truly great movie that marries a deep cynicism with a stylishness that constantly drift into batshit territory. Buuuut, if you, like me have only seen one other Kusturica movie and it is "Black Cat, White Cat" you'll want to prepare yourself for something rather different and much more brutal. And with a lack of characters to actually root for. Oh and maybe check the Wikipedia page about the war in Jugoslavia so you'll get more of what's going on.
Rated 09 Apr 2019
69
60th
Im not a big fan of "brazeness" and "bizzare" . Yeah ı get it it has a unique touch. Very charismatic characters, very memorable music and some good cinematography. But tons of historical missconceptions, tons of unnecessarily builded scenes and dialogs. Its too much... Too long, too post-modern.
Rated 24 Mar 2019
87
86th
Bu filmi çok mu büyük beklentilerle izledim, emin değilim ama beni Time of Gypsies kadar etkileyemedi ne kadar güzel olsa da..
Rated 14 Aug 2007
86
96th
See my review of ONCE UPON A TIME THERE WAS A COUNTRY.
Rated 10 Dec 2007
79
56th
Great idea, great acting. But something just bothered me during this movie, and that's why I didn't give it 89 that it deserve.
Rated 02 Mar 2008
75
60th
# 505
Rated 15 Jun 2011
75
83rd
Borders between brilliance and too-slapsticky nonsense. When it works though, it's singularly unique and a joy to watch.
Rated 24 Nov 2009
71
72nd
ambitious and largely successful
Rated 27 Mar 2011
75
37th
On the one hand it's a hugely ambitious epic satirising the plight of the Yugoslav nation, packed with craziness, powerful visual compositions and memorable scenes. On the other hand, if you don't have a strong interest in Eastern European history and politics, 2 hours 45 is an awfully long time to sit through a wacky slapstick farce, no matter how incisive or brilliant it may be. The director gets an A for effort, but he puts so much material on the screen it's best consumed in small doses.
Rated 23 Dec 2022
83
80th
This is a messy but fascinating film. It can be a bit hard to follow sometimes as far as the timeline goes. The opening scene is incredible. Quite coincidental that 12 Monkeys, which also included escaped animals in surreal situations, was released the same year. The plot reminded me of the Japanese soldier who stayed in the jungle until 1974 because he didn't realize WW2 was over. It's tonally odd at times, but for the most part the mix of comedy and drama is well done. Unique and daring.
Rated 10 Sep 2015
62
40th
Can't say I'm a fan of Emir Kusturica's films. Music was of course great though.
Rated 01 Sep 2008
68
54th
Off, wacky, and bizarre. but not bad.
Rated 14 Feb 2012
87
91st
This isn't a dark comedy. It's a traumatized comedy.
Rated 20 Jul 2022
5
91st
incredible and maddening film about yuguslavian identity. I can't comment on its portrayal of history but the movie's energy is intoxicating, enjoying life and its pleasures so hard because there's a sadness so deep inside that makes you wild at heart
Rated 18 Jan 2018
60
12th
Drunkenly obnoxious
Rated 10 Aug 2017
6
31st
the cartoonish wackiness was really not my thing.
Rated 01 Nov 2008
85
97th
...cleaning shoes with a black cat...
Rated 18 Oct 2016
75
80th
I have to admit that i didn't get all the references and the meanings, even if i know that are pretty controversial, but even with that the film remains a beautiful journey through 50 years of history. Spot on for the acting.
Rated 15 Jan 2010
75
50th
502
Rated 12 Jun 2008
100
89th
gypsy fellini
Rated 30 Nov 2011
77
54th
#468
Rated 19 Dec 2008
73
46th
549
Rated 26 Jun 2013
86
89th
Better than I expected it to be. Middle is a bit boring but overall one of the top tier movies I have watched.
Rated 31 Jan 2011
40
97th
"Emir Kusturica's tragic-farce Underground may be the most important film of the last 25 years." - Ed Gonzalez
Rated 20 Aug 2015
76
82nd
A 5 and a half hour long film poorly cut into 3. Themes are laid on too thick: e.g, the trumpets of existential absurdity induced more annoyance than they aided in creating a sense of depth or affective weight.
Rated 24 May 2015
80
89th
I had no idea what I was getting into, but once you get into the flow it is a magical surreal experience. I''l never forget that band music.
Rated 02 Oct 2016
95
98th
Completely insane journey through five decades of history as seen through the tenuous friendship of the two leads. The surreal comedy never lets up, even in the face of a never-ending litany of man-made horrors, until we reach the devastating final act. Kusturica's style is as madcap and refreshing as ever, ensuring that Underground remains a unique and unforgettable experience.
Rated 16 Sep 2013
94
97th
A constantly entertaining and often hilarious film busy with politics, animals, sex, gorgeous cinematography, joyous destruction -- like others film of this year, this is somewhat a love/hate-letter to film.
Rated 25 Feb 2011
95
95th
Masterpiece !
Rated 25 Jul 2011
8
37th
Funny, heartbreaking, surreal, horror, disturbing, nonsense, fantasy, chaos. You know, I loved the band.
Rated 15 Sep 2014
92
97th
Kusturica blurs the line between genius and insanity. I don't think movies like this are made anymore.
Rated 20 Sep 2014
81
85th
My second Emir Kusturica film was all the way well done except it was long like a death sentence. Not my cup of tea. The beginning and the ending were marvellous but why it have to last forever.
Rated 19 Oct 2007
96
80th
A brilliant hallucination

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