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Brother Reviews

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

A powerful statement on a violent society -- and a very uncomfortable one that is apt to alienate many viewers.

Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC) | Original Score: 4/5

June 25, 2012
Jason Gorber
Film Scouts

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 Source: Film Scouts | Original Score: A

June 21, 2007
Eric Lurio
Greenwich Village Gazette

Takashi has been considered a master auteur. Perhaps, but there's no art here, just violence.

| Original Score: 1/5

November 7, 2003
Tom Grealis
RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)

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 Source: RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland) | Original Score: 3/5

February 13, 2003
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan

Oh, brother.

Full Review Source: San Diego Metropolitan

October 21, 2002
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

There's no flow to this movie -- it just plods along from one disconnected sequence to another.

| Original Score: 1/4

September 26, 2002
Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly

Always audacious and never less than entertaining, even when it's coming apart at the seams.

July 31, 2002
Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies

It's a little hard to take, a little too nihilistic.

Full Review Source: Goatdog's Movies | Original Score: 2.5/5

June 10, 2002
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

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 Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: C-

January 28, 2002
Brandon Smith
Jam! Movies

The movie comes across as a confusing mess, lacking in substance and entirely missing its goal.

Full Review Source: Jam! Movies

October 19, 2001
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star

Brother's attempt to romanticize crime finally collapses under its own weight.

Full Review Source: Kansas City Star

September 28, 2001
Glenn Kenny
Premiere Magazine

Loud, direct, and uncompromised, Brother is raw red meat in an age of cinematic tofu.

Full Review Source: Premiere Magazine

September 4, 2001
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee

Singularly unexciting for an action film, and working up enthusiasm for it is difficult.

Full Review Source: Sacramento Bee

August 24, 2001
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central

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

August 14, 2001
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle

It's rougher stuff than most would expect, though not unrewarding in its own horrific way.

Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle | Original Score: 2.5/5

August 14, 2001
David Elliott
San Diego Union-Tribune

[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.

Full Review Source: San Diego Union-Tribune

August 10, 2001
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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Kitano's most enjoyable, flat-out fun movie, provided you can stomach the violence.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald

August 10, 2001
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

Once you've seen one self-evisceration, one head blown off, one spasming body plugged full of lead, you've seen 'em all.

Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press

August 9, 2001
Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
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As an actor and writer-director, Mr. Kitano projects an amused irony that makes his films worth seeing.

Full Review Source: New York Observer

August 3, 2001
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews

Kitano has a gift for framing and staying with a scene, and his editing choices are impeccable.

Full Review Source: Internet Reviews | Original Score: 3/4

August 2, 2001
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