• R, 1 hr. 41 min.
  • Comedy, Romance
  • Directed By:    Gary Hardwick
  • In Theaters:    Mar 23, 2001 Wide
  • On DVD:    Dec 11, 2001
  • Screen Gems

The Brothers Reviews

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic
March 22, 2001

If you want to take down Waiting to Exhale, you'd better have a stronger grip on men and women and how they connect or fail to connect than this.

James Berardinelli
ReelViews
Top Critic
March 22, 2001

It's regurgitating pop psychology ideas that are unlikely to be surprising to anyone sitting in the audience.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic
March 20, 2001

A shallow comedy with few insights and only sporadic laughs.

Rob Blackwelder
SPLICEDWire
March 21, 2001

A mixed-message piece of sexist propaganda masquerading as a movie about sensitive guys, masquerading in turn as a movie for guys.

Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Robert Koehler
Variety
Top Critic
March 20, 2001

Stuffed with the most obvious points imaginable.

Michael Atkinson
Mr. Showbiz
Top Critic
March 22, 2001

The egomaniacal thrust behind The Brothers is the same drive that's fueled dozens of other low-watt bar-talk flicks.

Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
Top Critic
March 23, 2001

For romantic comedy, it is not particularly romantic or funny.

Lou Lumenick
New York Post
Top Critic
March 23, 2001

The Brothers is basically a Lifetime movie that somehow found its way into theaters.

Jim Judy
Screen It!
March 23, 2001

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.

Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
March 21, 2001

It isn't much of a movie.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
JoBlo
JoBlo's Movie Emporium
March 20, 2001

The drama/comedy balance is not played out well.

Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
March 20, 2001

Slick but superficial.

Full Review | Original Score: C
Jerry McCormick
San Diego Union-Tribune
March 22, 2001

As close as these men say they are, the film makes it very difficult to believe they are friends.

Eric Lurio
Greenwich Village Gazette
March 22, 2001

So we have a bunch of guys going about their lives and not doing anything that's all that interesting.

Dave White
IFilm
March 22, 2001

It seems as though the entire budget of this movie was spent on expensive set decoration.

Mary F. Pols
Contra Costa Times
March 23, 2001

Ultimately, The Brothers ends on a very girlie note.

Duane Dudek
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
March 23, 2001

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

Jack Garner
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
March 23, 2001

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

Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Jessica Winter
Village Voice
Top Critic
March 23, 2001

Airless and oddly fatiguing.

Daniel Eagan
Film Journal International
March 29, 2001

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

Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 26, 2006

Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee
June 4, 2001

Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
January 27, 2002

Wesley Morris
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic
April 6, 2001

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Wilson Morales
BlackFilm.com
May 13, 2003

Catharine Tunnacliffe
eye WEEKLY
April 6, 2001

Marshall Fine
Journal News (Westchester, NY)
June 4, 2001

Marc Savlov
Anchorage Press
June 11, 2001

Dwayne E. Leslie
Boxoffice Magazine
June 5, 2002

Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer
October 15, 2002

Alexander Walker
This is London
December 15, 2003


Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic
June 4, 2001


Deseret News, Salt Lake City
June 11, 2001


Guardian
October 12, 2001


Boston Phoenix
March 24, 2002


Time Out
Top Critic
February 9, 2006


Film4
January 22, 2008

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