Brick Reviews

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Common Sense Media
March 22, 2013
Smart, stylized teen whodunit with violence and drugs.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Nick Rogers
Suite101.com
September 25, 2010
Noir fits "Brick" like a glove, stylishly injecting assured tough talk, vice-grip tension, black humor, striking sound design and gunshots sounding like locker doors slammed on options. A great detective story and, for some, a high-school flashback.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion
August 30, 2009
The movie's rigorous dark-lined elegance leaves a punchy aftertaste
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
June 3, 2009
That rarest of things: a movie called 'unique' that actually is.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
May 13, 2009
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
Mostly lives up to the hype.
Brandon Fibbs
BrandonFibbs.com
February 28, 2008
Brick is a black-comic ballet through the peculiar terrors of suburban adolescence...
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com
August 11, 2007
Whatever it is, wherever it is, whenever it is, it's not remotely like anything else out there.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Rob Humanick
Projection Booth
July 3, 2007
Brick exemplifies the difference between a cinematic talent show and mere karaoke.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Anton Bitel
Eye for Film
July 2, 2007
the school's cliques, cants and "class" politics are shown to be as amoral and impenetrable as any criminal netherworld dreamt up by Raymond Chandler.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Erica Abeel
Film Journal International
March 1, 2007
An innovative ride that carries the viewer into a world familiar from genre films and the novels of Dashiell Hammett, yet quite unlike anything we've seen before.
Philip French
Observer [UK]
January 20, 2007
A refreshing private-eye thriller in a style now widely identified as neo-noi.
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
January 17, 2007
A good whodunit with some references to films made in the 1940s.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Ted Murphy
Murphy's Movie Reviews
January 12, 2007
BRICK announces the arrival of a very unique voice in Rian Johnson.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena
December 29, 2006
Exercício de estilo corajoso e eficiente, o filme busca (com sucesso) ambientar sua trama noir em um colégio norte-americano, criando um "detetive" adolescente saído diretamente da forma que gerou Philip Marlowe e Sam Spade.
| Original Score: 5/5

Sight and Sound
September 28, 2006
The teens in Rian Johnson's striking debut feature Brick express themselves in jargon that sounds as if lifted straight from the pages of Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler.
Jay Antani
Cinema Writer
August 20, 2006
Brick is just an elaborate noir send-up, and an enjoyably kooky one at that
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
August 18, 2006
Un thriller élaboré avec une vigueur et un savoir faire indéniable dont on doute par contre de la crédibilité à quelques reprises
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette
July 27, 2006
Johnson has mixed together 1940s-style slang and his own jargon to create a lively, imaginative script that keeps the viewer guessing. Hammett would certainly have been pleased...
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
July 20, 2006
It's a fun, involving concept, but it tends to weaken the more you think about it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4

Sight and Sound
June 18, 2012
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
May 14, 2011
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
May 21, 2009
Chris Fujiwara
Boston Phoenix
April 23, 2009
February 27, 2009
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Bob Mondello
NPR.org
October 18, 2008

Sydney Morning Herald
August 4, 2006
Leonard Maltin
Leonard Maltin's Picks
May 6, 2006
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
April 28, 2006

Baltimore Sun
April 28, 2006
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