• R, 1 hr. 50 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Jim Sheridan
    In Theaters:
    Dec 4, 2009 Wide
    On DVD:
    Mar 23, 2010
  • Lionsgate Films


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Brothers Reviews

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James King
Little White Lies

While Brothers is raw in its realism and loud in its chest-beating, it's still mechanically cold to watch.

January 22, 2010
Ben Rawson-Jones
Digital Spy

Far less than the sum of its parts, Brothers fails to reach the heights that the intriguing premise, talented cast and award-winning director could have attained with some tweaking to the script.

Full Review Source: Digital Spy | Original Score: 3/5

January 22, 2010
Charles Gant
Heat Magazine

Don't be put off by the "Afghan war" tag - Brothers isn't half as harrowing as some of the other awards-bait offerings coming our way. This touching family drama deserves to find an audience.

| Original Score: 4/5

January 22, 2010
Chris Prince
Sky Movies

The fine interplay between the three leads builds to a gripping, emotionally devastating finale that offers no easy answers while still arriving at a poignant and satisfying conclusion.

Full Review Source: Sky Movies | Original Score: 4/5

January 22, 2010
Neil Smith
Total Film

A sudsy remake that soft-soaps its tougher inspiration. The A-list stars go for it, but are 10 years off doing the story justice.

Full Review Source: Total Film | Original Score: 3/5

January 22, 2010
Trevor Johnston
Radio Times

A slightly bland Portman and an overwrought Maguire rather highlight the contrived turns in the plotting of what is a thoroughly respectable effort, but one that is not all it could have been.

Full Review Source: Radio Times | Original Score: 3/5

January 22, 2010
Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail [UK]

Jim Sheridan's plodding direction and the miscasting of Maguire mean that it looks too much like glossy melodrama to involve many people's emotions.

Full Review Source: Daily Mail [UK] | Original Score: 2/5

January 22, 2010
David Edwards
Daily Mirror [UK]

Brothers is a film that fails on almost every level, coming with no meaningful message about the morality of war, saying nothing about sibling relationships and with the worst case of miscasting I can recall.

Full Review Source: Daily Mirror [UK] | Original Score: 2/5

January 22, 2010
Leo Robson
Financial Times

The result, wavering between intensity and bombast, is part Eugene O'Neill, part topical TV movie.

Full Review Source: Financial Times | Original Score: 3/5

January 22, 2010
Anthony Quinn

Maguire and Gyllenhaal give honest performances, though they don't really convince as blood. Carey Mulligan, our own current darling, makes a brief but telling appearance as a war widow.

Full Review Source: Independent | Original Score: 3/5

January 22, 2010
Allan Hunter
Daily Express

A welcome reminder of just how fine an actor Gyllenhaal can be and one of the reasons to catch this understated tale of a family at war.

Full Review Source: Daily Express | Original Score: 3/5

January 22, 2010
Charlotte O'Sullivan
This is London

As rowdy, democratic and open-ended as a Robert Altman saga, Brothers breathes life into the clichés surrounding traumatised vets.

Full Review Source: This is London | Original Score: 3/5

January 22, 2010
Matthew Turner

A watchable, well made drama with a superb performance from Jake Gyllenhaal but it lacks both the subtlety and the emotional impact of the Danish original.

Full Review Source: ViewLondon | Original Score: 3/5

January 22, 2010
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall

This remake of Susanne Bier's 2004 drama is an equally powerful story of family tensions and how violence affects more than just the victim. But the original Danish film's strained melodrama translates here as well.

Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall | Original Score: 3/5

January 22, 2010
Robbie Collin
News of the World

A mish-mash of great performances that don't quite add up to a great movie.

Full Review Source: News of the World | Original Score: 3/5

January 22, 2010
Grant Lauchlan
Daily Record [UK]

It won't change your life but Brothers is still a sombre, thoughtprovoking movie and worth a look if all that you're after is a slice of well acted, serious, character driven drama.

Full Review Source: Daily Record [UK] | Original Score: 3/5

January 22, 2010

Jim Sheridan smartly retains Bier's deceptively simple plotting, which provides a solid foundation for him to explore the emotional journeys of his characters.

Full Review Source: Scotsman | Original Score: 3/5

January 22, 2010
Catherine Jones
Liverpool Echo

Brothers is distinguished by emotionally raw performances and an escalating tension.

Full Review Source: Liverpool Echo

January 22, 2010
Charlie Lyne
Ultra Culture

It's a tense and slightly affecting movie with a few quite good performances. Unfortunately, it's also so mind-bendingly overblown that it makes 2012 look like The White Ribbon.

Full Review Source: Ultra Culture

January 22, 2010
William Goss

While Jim Sheridan's update isn't terribly different at its core, its all-American setting quietly places a firmer emphasis on the toll of our current war at home.

Full Review Source: Cinematical

December 17, 2009
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