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The Brave One (2007)

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Average Rating: 5.5/10
Reviews Counted: 183
Fresh: 78 | Rotten: 105

Magnetic by between Jodie Foster and Terrence Howard can't quite compensate for The Brave One's problematic and unconvincing eye-for-an-eye moral.

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Average Rating: 5.5/10
Critic Reviews: 42
Fresh: 16 | Rotten: 26

Magnetic by between Jodie Foster and Terrence Howard can't quite compensate for The Brave One's problematic and unconvincing eye-for-an-eye moral.

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New York radio host Erica Bain has a life that she loves and a fiance she adores. All of it is taken from her when a brutal attack leaves Erica badly wounded and her fiance dead. Unable to move past the tragedy, Erica begins prowling the city streets at night to track down the men she holds responsible. Her dark pursuit of justice catches the public's attention, and the city is riveted by her anonymous exploits. But, with the NYPD desperate to find the culprit and a dogged police detective hot

Feb 5, 2008

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All Critics (191) | Top Critics (44) | Fresh (78) | Rotten (105) | DVD (21)

The Brave One is not merely the most morally repellent film of the year, but a contender for the stupidest.

September 22, 2008 Full Review Source: The New Republic | Comments (3)
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Beautifully played, the tantalising accretion of mutual understanding between Foster and Howard is one of the film's strengths, yet the plot machinations required to lever it into position would overstretch credibility in the clunkiest action flick.

September 28, 2007 Full Review Source: Time Out
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The fire goes out long before the film ends.

September 20, 2007
Rolling Stone
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I think The Brave One could have been a better film with a different ending, but it's still a well-crafted, thought-provoking story with outstanding performances.

September 18, 2007
Ebert & Roeper
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Foster does her best with a flawed story whose ending rings even less true than the rest of it.

September 14, 2007 Full Review Source: USA Today
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Jodie Foster and thoughtful Irish international director Neil Jordan take us to places we'd probably rather avoid.

April 28, 2011 Full Review Source: East Bay Express
East Bay Express

The Brave One can at times be a brutal, violent and harrowing portrait of an over burdened system, where thugs rule the streets and the corrupt contaminate the upper echelon of society. It is also an un-original revenge/vigilante story.

July 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Matt's Movie Reviews
Matt's Movie Reviews

Deplorable urban-vengeance melodrama

August 27, 2009 Full Review Source: CinePassion
CinePassion

You know what would be brave? Making an unflinching film about a difficult-to-tackle topic and complex characters, and sticking to your message, damn the torpedoes.

August 14, 2009 Full Review Source: Times-Picayune
Times-Picayune

The Brave One is worth seeing for the scenes between Terrence Howard and Jodie Foster.

February 2, 2009 Full Review Source: Fayetteville Free Weekly
Fayetteville Free Weekly

They're trotting it around at all the festivals trying to distract everyone from how bad it is.

September 8, 2008 Full Review Source: ReelzChannel.com

[A] dopey action movie featuring the contributions of people too talented to waste their time on something this risible.

May 1, 2008 Full Review Source: MSNBC

Jordan je, koriste%u0107i svoj nesumnjivi re%u017Eijski talent, snimio film koji je istovremeno i staromodan i moderan

April 10, 2008 Full Review Source: Index.hr

The switch is flipped so quickly by Erica that I didn't root for her vengeance, I felt sorry for her.

March 3, 2008 Full Review Source: The Scorecard Review
The Scorecard Review

The Brave One feels like a superhero movie, charting the familiar story of an unsuspecting everywoman who discovers one day that a gun gives her special powers to right wrongs and uphold justice.

February 28, 2008 Full Review Source: Colorado Springs Gazette
Colorado Springs Gazette

Audience identification with the movie really rests on whether you're turned off by this freestyle, really pissed off judge and jury female assassin, or else in the mood to cut this loose cannon sexy sniper some slack.

February 3, 2008 Full Review Source: NewsBlaze
NewsBlaze

If nothing else, enjoy Nicky Katt's hilariously smart-ass one-liners.

January 31, 2008 Full Review Source: Projection Booth
Projection Booth

The movie never seems entirely plausible. Yet it makes no difference; we still get involved with it.

January 23, 2008 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

In this dreary, cockamamie Valentine to New York City haters, concocted by the father/son team of Roderick and Bruce A. Taylor--a good argument for the government sterilization of a certain family's genes--radio personality Erica Bain (Foster) is confront

December 18, 2007 Full Review | Comment (1)

Just a more superficially sober version of Death Wish.

December 6, 2007 Full Review Source: Lessons of Darkness | Comment (1)
Lessons of Darkness

The profoundly discouraging ending doesn't work.

November 1, 2007 Full Review | Comments (3)
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

Una película mediocre, sensacionalista y manipuladora filmada por un buen director.

October 31, 2007 Full Review Source: Uruguay Total
Uruguay Total

An unapologetic genre picture powered by a pair of honest performances that plucks our emotional strings and races our pulses.

October 21, 2007 | Comment (1)

You will be rooting for her to off more bad guys, rather than understanding that she is disturbed and out of control.

October 11, 2007 Full Review
Atlantic City Weekly

Audience Reviews for The Brave One

A rather original film, or so I thought - my friends tell me it's a Death Wish rip-off, so I'm adding that one to the list of shame! - in which a radio host becomes a sort of she-Batman (with a gun), a vigilante driven by rage at her lover's murder. I though the premise was interesting and contemporary, but unfortunately the script is grossly overwritten and the story unfolds at a plodding and wandering pace, becoming predictable, too, when the cops repeat certain details or make a big note of given evidence and thereby tell us the formulaic direction this movie will take before reaching its too-contrived "twist" ending. I did like the way Jodie Foster showed several sides of this character, though, particularly the emboldened radio persona she adopts, and Mary Steenburgen's bit part and Terrence Howard's lead cop role were both well played. It was a real shame how little this script rewarded the actors' work in this neo-noir miss.
October 19, 2012
danperry17

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This thriller takes the classic revenge story and adds a deeply psychological level: what does violence happening against us and those we love to our soul? In case of Jodie Foster's case here we get so afraid that we start shooting everyone threatening us. The film makes sure to stick to targets that "deserve" that treatment, it never dares to challenge the vigilante point of view by her shooting the wrong guy. The solution to the whole dilemma adds to the fact that the film chickens out on positioning itself. Of course it does not ask for anyone to raise arms and enforce to their own ideas of the law. It does let the character get away with this a little too easily and that leaves a stale taste in your mouth. The camera work and acting is top notch, no complaints there. This could have just been so much more enthralling and morally ambiguous.
July 5, 2012
ironclad1609

Super Reviewer

A victim of a brutal mugging becomes a vigilante.
Stylishly directed by Neil Jordan, as she did in Flightplan and Panic Room Jodie Foster summons her inner bad ass, and the result is another convincing performance from a very talented actress.
The film, however, is not well written. Mercer, the detective assigned to the case of Foster's vigilante killer, is not constructed well, transitioning at a critical moment in the third act illogically; his plan doesn't even make sense within the plot. What is more, the film essentially supports vigilantism without a critical eye. It would be a more complex exploration of this idea if Erica killed someone whom she realizes is innocent of any mortal sin. Also, the style of the film - Neil Jordan moving the camera like it's a boat at sea - is occasionally effective but eventually annoying.
Overall, despite all the great work Foster does, I think there's little that could have saved this film as it is written.
June 18, 2012
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Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer

Formuliac revenge piece ala Charles Bronson's Death Wish series of the 70's with Jodie Foster in the lead but little more to recommend it. Terrance Howard and the rest of the supporting cast cannot believe that a woman would turn vigilante ... which is tougher acting than it sounds.
December 16, 2011
ApeneckFletcher

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