Brother Reviews

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
June 25, 2012
A powerful statement on a violent society -- and a very uncomfortable one that is apt to alienate many viewers.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jason Gorber
Film Scouts
June 21, 2007
A vital, stylish Yakuza pic, Kitano crafts a new world/old world, brother against brother epic battle straddling both sides of the Pacific.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Eric Lurio
Greenwich Village Gazette
November 7, 2003
Takashi has been considered a master auteur. Perhaps, but there's no art here, just violence.
| Original Score: 1/5
Tom Grealis
RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)
February 13, 2003
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
October 21, 2002
Oh, brother.
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
September 26, 2002
There's no flow to this movie -- it just plods along from one disconnected sequence to another.
| Original Score: 1/4
Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
July 31, 2002
Always audacious and never less than entertaining, even when it's coming apart at the seams.
Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies
June 10, 2002
It's a little hard to take, a little too nihilistic.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
January 28, 2002
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.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Brandon Smith
Jam! Movies
October 19, 2001
The movie comes across as a confusing mess, lacking in substance and entirely missing its goal.
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star
September 28, 2001
Brother's attempt to romanticize crime finally collapses under its own weight.
Glenn Kenny
Premiere Magazine
September 4, 2001
Loud, direct, and uncompromised, Brother is raw red meat in an age of cinematic tofu.
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee
August 24, 2001
Singularly unexciting for an action film, and working up enthusiasm for it is difficult.
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
August 14, 2001
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
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle
August 14, 2001
It's rougher stuff than most would expect, though not unrewarding in its own horrific way.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
David Elliott
San Diego Union-Tribune
August 10, 2001
[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.
Top Critic
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
August 10, 2001
Kitano's most enjoyable, flat-out fun movie, provided you can stomach the violence.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
August 9, 2001
Once you've seen one self-evisceration, one head blown off, one spasming body plugged full of lead, you've seen 'em all.
Top Critic
Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
August 3, 2001
As an actor and writer-director, Mr. Kitano projects an amused irony that makes his films worth seeing.
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
August 2, 2001
Kitano has a gift for framing and staying with a scene, and his editing choices are impeccable.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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