The Brothers Reviews

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Time Out
February 9, 2006
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Globe and Mail
March 22, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Ebert & Roeper
June 4, 2001
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Wesley Morris
San Francisco Chronicle
April 6, 2001
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Rita Kempley
Washington Post
March 23, 2001
A lively, affectionate and well-acted romantic comedy.
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Washington Post
March 23, 2001
A politically incorrect but often hilarious jam session.
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Jessica Winter
Village Voice
March 23, 2001
Airless and oddly fatiguing.
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Mike Clark
USA Today
March 23, 2001
It's easier to laugh with the movie than take it seriously.
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Pam Sitt
Seattle Times
March 23, 2001
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.
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
March 23, 2001
If The Brothers falls far short of its prototype, Waiting to Exhale, it still conveys a warm-blooded affection for its characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
March 23, 2001
The Brothers is basically a Lifetime movie that somehow found its way into theaters.
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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
March 23, 2001
For all its coarse humor, The Brothers has moments of tenderness and depth.
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
March 23, 2001
Smart, earthy and, in its own way, tender, The Brothers packs a powerfully entertaining punch.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
March 23, 2001
For romantic comedy, it is not particularly romantic or funny.
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Anthony Breznican
Associated Press
March 23, 2001
It's undeniable that director-writer Gary Hardwick's The Brothers has a target demographic. But the movie's themes of family, love and friendship are universal.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
March 23, 2001
The movie's a mixed bag, but worth seeing for the good stuff, which is a lesson in how productive it can be to allow characters to say what they might actually say.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jay Carr
Boston Globe
March 23, 2001
The Brothers is carried by the warmth that both sexes pour into its sitcom soul.
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
March 22, 2001
Hardwick's boisterous film is enjoyably slapstick and uses laughter rather than psychological insights as therapy.
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Michael Atkinson
Mr. Showbiz
March 22, 2001
The egomaniacal thrust behind The Brothers is the same drive that's fueled dozens of other low-watt bar-talk flicks.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
March 22, 2001
Digs more vibrantly into issues of trust, fear, pleasure, commitment, and camaraderie than any Hollywood feature in recent memory.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
March 22, 2001
The dialogue is witty and lively, and the characters are crafted with insight and care.
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Robert Horton
Film.com
March 22, 2001
Hughley and Jones have an explosively comic chemistry together.
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
March 22, 2001
Glossy fun, but it should have given us more ideas and energy.
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Steve Murray
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
March 22, 2001
Often funny, often wise and often raunchy.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Robert Koehler
Variety
March 20, 2001
Stuffed with the most obvious points imaginable.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
March 20, 2001
A shallow comedy with few insights and only sporadic laughs.