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The Brothers

The Brothers (2001)



Average Rating: 5.8/10
Reviews Counted: 67
Fresh: 42 | Rotten: 25

Often seen as a Waiting to Exhale with men, The Brothers is amiable. However, it feels superficial and somewhat of a retread.


Average Rating: 5.8/10
Critic Reviews: 25
Fresh: 16 | Rotten: 9

Often seen as a Waiting to Exhale with men, The Brothers is amiable. However, it feels superficial and somewhat of a retread.



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Four successful men find themselves easing into long-term relationships, but they're not all that comfortable about it, in this intelligent comedy-drama. Terry (Shemar Moore), Jackson (Morris Chestnut), Brian (Bill Bellamy), and Derrick (D.L. Hughley) are four close friends who get together once a week to play basketball and compare notes on their problems with women. And as it turns out, they have a lot to say in that area. Terry has just gotten engaged to BeBe (Susan Dalian), who is more than


Comedy, Romance

Gary Hardwick

Dec 11, 2001


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All Critics (84) | Top Critics (28) | Fresh (42) | Rotten (25) | DVD (14)

A lively, affectionate and well-acted romantic comedy.

March 23, 2001 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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A politically incorrect but often hilarious jam session.

March 23, 2001 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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Airless and oddly fatiguing.

March 23, 2001 Full Review Source: Village Voice
Village Voice
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It's easier to laugh with the movie than take it seriously.

March 23, 2001 Full Review Source: USA Today
USA Today
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Like candy, this male answer to the 1995 film Waiting to Exhale is sweet, pleasing and goes down easy -- but it's not very filling. Still, it's tasty while it lasts.

March 23, 2001
Seattle Times
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If The Brothers falls far short of its prototype, Waiting to Exhale, it still conveys a warm-blooded affection for its characters.

March 23, 2001 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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An entertaining but too-familiar comedy about the romantic woes of African-Americans.

June 20, 2002 Full Review
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

a pleasant and enjoyable romantic comedy showcasing several talented performers

December 4, 2001 Full Review Source:

One is left with warm memories of laughs, loves, and most of all likable characters with whom one wouldn't mind spending another two hours.

May 3, 2001 Full Review Source:

Although it's funny at times and very well intentioned, The Brothers has nothing new to say.

April 18, 2001 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

Brothas and Sistas make sure you see this movie!

April 3, 2001 Full Review Source: 3BlackChicks Review
3BlackChicks Review

Often entertaining, mostly unsurprising, but ultimately rewarding

March 30, 2001 Full Review Source: Philadelphia City Paper
Philadelphia City Paper

Has all the emotional depth and honesty of a Ford ad, only with worse production values.

March 29, 2001 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

The Brothers has a lot to offer.

March 26, 2001 Full Review Source:

Hardwick isn't afraid to dog out these men for their disrespect and double standards even while sympathizing with their attempts to 'grow up.'

March 23, 2001 Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Had the film taken more of an edgy and irreverent approach - along the lines of one character's titular response, Breathe, Bitch to Waiting to Exhale -- it may have been more interesting and far more amusing and perhaps even insightful.

March 23, 2001 Full Review Source: Screen It!
Screen It!

It's time for filmmakers to take a deep breath ... and come up with a new approach.

March 23, 2001 Full Review Source: Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

Engaging entertainment.

March 23, 2001

Films such as The Best Man and The Wood have gone over this terrain before, with considerably more style and humor.

March 23, 2001
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Audience Reviews for The Brothers

My ex made me watch this pile of crap. The only good bit was the old woman who tells us "I invented the shit" You can't blame yourself dear, a lot of people are responsible!
September 24, 2009

Super Reviewer

I happened across this on TV, and it was interesting enough to watch to the end. There is something about a movie where four good friends get together every so often to play basketball and figure out what is going on with their relationships.
June 23, 2008

Super Reviewer

Not too bad!
December 25, 2009

Super Reviewer

I don't think you'll see movies like this anymore--a film about black brotherhood and the trials of their lives (especially love lives). The market so far is flooded with "he ain't no good" films by Tyler Perry (and sometimes diamond in the rough films) or gangster films full of violence and an absence of positive black female characters. This film was like a black male version of the Sex and the City, obviously made for female viewers. It was entertaining and endearing during its time though feels dated watching it now. If it came on television again years later, I can't say I wouldn't sit down for a dose of nostalgia though.
March 16, 2011

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