A powerful statement on a violent society -- and a very uncomfortable one that is apt to alienate many viewers.
| Original Score: 4/5
A vital, stylish Yakuza pic, Kitano crafts a new world/old world, brother against brother epic battle straddling both sides of the Pacific.
| Original Score: A
Takashi has been considered a master auteur. Perhaps, but there's no art here, just violence.
| Original Score: 1/5
If the yardstick for mob flicks is 'Goodfellas' (and it should be), then 'Brother' doesn't stand a chance. On its own, however, it is a stylish, colourful film.
| Original Score: 3/5
There's no flow to this movie -- it just plods along from one disconnected sequence to another.
| Original Score: 1/4
Always audacious and never less than entertaining, even when it's coming apart at the seams.
It's a little hard to take, a little too nihilistic.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
It fails to work because it falls into the conventional exploitive genre of Hollywood action films instead of retaining the quirky director's unusual artistic sensibilities.
| Original Score: C-
The movie comes across as a confusing mess, lacking in substance and entirely missing its goal.
Brother's attempt to romanticize crime finally collapses under its own weight.
Loud, direct, and uncompromised, Brother is raw red meat in an age of cinematic tofu.
Singularly unexciting for an action film, and working up enthusiasm for it is difficult.
Though Kitano is no Kurosawa, they're using the same brushes on similar canvasses, and that comparison in itself makes Brother one of the year's best films.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
It's rougher stuff than most would expect, though not unrewarding in its own horrific way.
[Takeshi's] both interesting (like waiting for a bomb to go off) and fiercely dull, as if acting were something he had vaguely considered, then rejected as useless.
Kitano's most enjoyable, flat-out fun movie, provided you can stomach the violence.
Once you've seen one self-evisceration, one head blown off, one spasming body plugged full of lead, you've seen 'em all.
As an actor and writer-director, Mr. Kitano projects an amused irony that makes his films worth seeing.
Kitano has a gift for framing and staying with a scene, and his editing choices are impeccable.
| Original Score: 3/4