• 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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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
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
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Brothers never fully earns the right to exploit Sam's crucible in Afghanistan and the angry anguish it brings about.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 2.5/4

December 4, 2009
Alonso Duralde

What might have been a new spin on a relatively chilly piece of filmmaking becomes a carbon copy created for audiences who don't like subtitles -- meanwhile, all the flaws of Bier's movie remain completely intact and untouched.

Full Review Source: IFC.com

December 3, 2009
Sonny Bunch
Washington Times

In its attempt to examine the war on terror through the lens of family struggles, Brothers occasionally works. Ultimately, however, it fails in two respects.

Full Review Source: Washington Times | Original Score: 2/4

December 4, 2009
Nora Lee Mandel

A sympathetic case study of PTSD, but seems to be solved by an embrace. The histrionics keep it short of the effectiveness of more restrained war-at-home message dramas.

Full Review Source: Film-Forward.com | Original Score: 5/10

December 6, 2009
James Rocchi
MSN Movies
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Brothers -- an Americanized re-make of Danish director Susanne Bier's 2004 film "Brødre" -- revolves around the Afghan War but also keeps its distance, a balancing act that winds up looking more wobbly than elegant.

Full Review Source: MSN Movies | Original Score: 2.5/5

December 4, 2009
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
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A remake of a Danish film has much to admire but never comes together with the impact of the original.

November 23, 2009
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

The movie feels so contained and relentlessly tasteful it's as if Sheridan were determined to take a story about war, guilt, violence and sex and make all of those things as passionless as possible.

Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Original Score: 2.5/4

December 4, 2009
Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
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Sheridan seems as conflicted as the Cahills about their virtues and failings.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 2/5

December 4, 2009
Matthew Razak

In the end the great performances can't save the film. Mediocrity drips from every other aspect of the film, and you can feel it trying too hard to convince us that we should care.

Full Review Source: Examiner.com

December 3, 2009
Laremy Legel
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A depressing tale of contrived melodrama that fails to make any point at all.

Full Review Source: Film.com | Original Score: C

December 4, 2009
Kam Williams

Jim Sheridan directs disappointing remake of Danish dysfunctional family saga.

Full Review Source: NewsBlaze | Original Score: 1/4

December 7, 2009
Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
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Brothers tries to delve into how war can tear families apart, but only succeeds in showing how miscasting and melodrama obscure good intentions.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 1.5/5

December 4, 2009
Prairie Miller

A compassionate crafting of lost and found families in wartime, but a seemingly self-censored scenario with the US military establishment and its combat rationale as the troubling invisible elephant in the room.

Full Review Source: NewsBlaze

April 3, 2010
Kyle Smith
New York Post
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Brothers isn't nearly as unbearable as most of the anti-war pictures of the last five years, but when it comes to members of the armed services, screenwriters continue to lose their ability to think in more than one dimension.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 2/4

December 4, 2009
Cole Smithey

As Sam, Tobey Maguire undergoes a complete transformation into a mentally traumatized individual, but his excellent performance isn't adequately supported by David Benioff's sporadically amateurish script.

Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com | Original Score: C+

December 4, 2009
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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It's almost as if Sheridan and screenwriter David Benioff were constructing a pile of old bones for a museum installation, with no live connective tissue required.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 2.5/4

December 4, 2009
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Sheridan takes a routine story and presents it with clenching seriousness, making it not only boring, but unpleasant.

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid | Original Score: 2/4

December 4, 2009
Peter Sobczynski

When you compare its promise and pedigree with the ultimate results, there is no getting around the fact that it is one of the more disappointing films of the season.

Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com | Original Score: 2/5

December 3, 2009
Brandon Fibbs

Brother turns on a single moment of such implausibility that nearly everything that comes after it rings false as a result.

Full Review Source: BrandonFibbs.com | Original Score: 4/10

December 4, 2009

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