The Brave One Reviews

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
September 13, 2007
The finale is bad enough to make you wish the actress were working more often, so that the blatantly commercial stuff wasn't all she was letting us see.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
May 1, 2008
[A] dopey action movie featuring the contributions of people too talented to waste their time on something this risible.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
John P. McCarthy
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
September 17, 2007
As polished as it may be on the surface, 'The Brave One' is never satisfying because the complexities of eloquent language or imagery are not present.
Donald Munro
Fresno Bee
September 14, 2007
Is there really a difference between
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Mike Scott
Times-Picayune
August 14, 2009
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Michael A. Smith
Nolan's Pop Culture Review
September 20, 2007
And that brings us the bad stuff, heretofore known as the script. The story keeps on putting Erica in harm's way, so much that you're not sure why. I mean, would a woman alone really ride on the subway at night?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion
August 27, 2009
Deplorable urban-vengeance melodrama
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
September 14, 2007
It's lily-livered narrative cowardice, and I reject it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
September 13, 2007
The Brave One thinks it has something to say about how we live in this real world today, and it wants to say it while hoping we'll overlook one plot hole after another.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Christopher Orr
The New Republic
September 22, 2008
The Brave One is not merely the most morally repellent film of the year, but a contender for the stupidest.
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
December 6, 2007
Just a more superficially sober version of Death Wish.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Jeff Bayer
The Scorecard Review
March 3, 2008
The switch is flipped so quickly by Erica that I didn't root for her vengeance, I felt sorry for her.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Heather Huntington
ReelzChannel.com
September 8, 2008
They're trotting it around at all the festivals trying to distract everyone from how bad it is.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Dezhda Gaubert
E! Online
September 14, 2007
Thoughtful action picture? Meditation on grieving? The Brave One tries to be both but just misses its target, despite the presence of a magnetic Jodie Foster.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Jeff Otto
cinemaobsession.com
September 13, 2007
Curtis the Dog and Erica Bain review The Brave One.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Brian Orndorf
OhmyNews.com
September 13, 2007
Brave One isn't Death Wish, but there are moments where I could see Jordan giving in to that impulse.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Kit Bowen
Hollywood.com
September 14, 2007
Even the masterful Jodie Foster can't manage to raise this sluggish vigilante yarn above other movies of its ilk.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Prairie Miller
NewsBlaze
February 3, 2008
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.
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
August 7, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
September 21, 2007
Too unpleasantly stern to be exploitation, and too bloodthirsty to be drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
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Bob Mondello
NPR.org
October 18, 2008
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
Rafer Guzman
Boston Phoenix
April 23, 2009
Eric Lurio
Entertainment Insiders
October 18, 2008
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