This film is the middle one in Terry Gilliam's thematic trilogy, the first being Time Bandits and the third being The Adventures of Baron Munchausen. I had already seen these other two and like them better. There's some hope in the other two, but Brazil is a dystopian nightmare, reminding me of Metropolis without the happy ending. I've read books that gave me this same helpless feeling....
Brazil is visually stunning. It is #5 on Wired.com's 2002 list of top 20 scifi movies. The Criterion Contraption blog has an extensive review here. We watched the Love-Conquers-All version here.
The making of Brazil in 3 parts: (has been removed as I check on 12/1/2009)
It's Franz Kafka meets Walter Mittyand that quote from the making-of series might be the best description I've seen.
3/4/2009: Flimsquish has a review.