Brake Reviews

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Jeff Beck
Examiner.com
September 16, 2012
Most of it is a decent film despite it being stretched out, but most of it being good just doesn't cut it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jeff Beck
We Got This Covered
January 16, 2013
While the film is suspenseful for awhile, it ultimately becomes a let down because of a stretched out story and an absurd ending.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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Sam Adams
Time Out
March 20, 2012
[Dorff] spends most of the movie confusing tough-guy stoicism with simple inertness, despite the occasional Jack Bauer-style yell.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Andrew Schenker
Slant Magazine
March 17, 2012
Until its pair of ludicrous twist endings, which complicates its message and logistics in ways that make little sense, Gabe Torres's Brake plays like a more simplistic version of Buried tailored specifically to a hawkish right-wing crowd.
Full Review | Original Score: .5/4
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
March 22, 2012
Talk about being boxed in: This thriller is half-"24," half-"Buried" and, despite a few twists, unable to move anywhere.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Sara Stewart
New York Post
March 23, 2012
The whole claustrophobic one-man show feels like we've been here before, and with better material.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Brian Tallerico
HollywoodChicago.com
March 23, 2012
Dorff is stellar and the film builds some tension but a bit too much required suspension of disbelief, some plot holes, weak dialogue, and two increasingly silly twist endings ultimately sink the piece.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5.0
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com
March 22, 2012
an idea for a short extended far beyond its creative shelf life
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
March 20, 2012
Dorff's mannered Bruce Willis affect seems as insincere as the script, which helplessly loses credibility as info accrues and the narrative unpeels.
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
March 21, 2012
The situation itself is simply too absurd for us to accept, right from the start. And the more it goes on, the harder it is to stay onboard.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
July 23, 2012
...a second-rate carbon-copy of Rodrigo CortÚs' vastly superior Buried.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Harvey S. Karten
Compuserve
March 19, 2012
Stephen Dorff's energetic performance cannot compensate for the minimalism of the plot.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Todd Jorgenson
Cinemalogue.com
March 23, 2012
There are simply too many manipulative gimmicks to generate any emotional investment in the outcome.
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Noel Murray
AV Club
March 22, 2012
Dorff and Torres make a lot out of very little, always keeping the audience aware of the larger world outside the small, dark space in which they've trapped us.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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March 22, 2012
There are plenty of gripping moments, as well as a few silly ones - bees get involved at one point, presumably to please Wicker Man fans. And the ride as a whole is at the very least exciting to take part in.
Paul Chambers
CNNRadio
May 6, 2012
Over 95% of "Brake" takes place in the trunk of a car. But, despite the confines or perhaps because of them, it's a decent enough thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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James Rocchi
MSN Movies
March 19, 2012
Your mileage enjoying Brake may vary, but even if you spot the final destination coming, it's a pleasant enough joyride.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Brian Orndorf
BrianOrndorf.com
March 21, 2012
Works as a budget suspense experience, reaching enough boiling points to entertain, but not enough to block out the ridiculous ending.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Michelle Orange
Movieline
March 21, 2012
If we're never drawn in far enough to wonder what we might do in a Plexiglass box at the end of the world, Dorff can sell stock action-hero lines with enough moody grit to hold our attention.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Betty Jo Tucker
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
April 14, 2012
In a movie like this, almost everything depends on the lead actor -- and Stephen Dorff does not disappoint. He turns in a splended 'confined' performance here.
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