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Brother (Hermano) (2012)

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Average Rating: 5.6/10
Critic Reviews: 5
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 2

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Raised as brothers, intense teammates and competitors on the soccer field - the gregarious, swaggering Julio (Eliu Armas) and the more wiry and focused Daniel "Gato" (Fernando Moreno) have remained virtually inseparable ever since the newborn Daniel was found abandoned in a trash heap in their La Ceniza slum. The opportunity of their lives arrives when a football scout invites them to tryout for the city's top professional team, just as a tragic act of violence threatens to tear them apart and

Dec 18, 2012

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All Critics (13) | Top Critics (5) | Fresh (7) | Rotten (6)

"Hermano" is well-trod acreage, but there's a vitality here that's easy to appreciate.

August 23, 2012 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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The sports-as-savior theme is an old one, but this confident movie, alternately volatile and tender, coats its clichés in winningly natural performances and Enrique Aular's kinetic photography.

August 23, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Times
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The over-the-top opening, which evokes baby Moses in the bulrushes, indicates grand ambitions, but unfortunately the gritty realism of Rasquin's cinematic style is just camouflage for another cliched sports flick.

August 23, 2012 Full Review Source: Arizona Republic
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Rasquin's cinema verite style brings power to the story, and he has coaxed some good performances out of his leads.

August 23, 2012 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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Scoring goals in soccer is hard. Hermano earns its points too easily.

August 23, 2012 Full Review Source: AV Club
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Hermano is part sports film, part neorealist drama and a fully successful debut feature from Venezuelan director Marcel Rasquín.

April 21, 2013 Full Review Source: Las Vegas CityLife

Venezuelan filmmaker Marcel Rasquin's Hermano is a well-meaning melodrama, equal parts heartfelt and contrived.

September 16, 2012 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
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The story feels driven more by coincidence than authenticity, leading to an eye-rolling climax.

August 24, 2012 Full Review Source: Cinemalogue.com
Cinemalogue.com

An uneasy combination of good and bad, which earns a mild recommendation on the strength of the two lead performances and its success in capturing the desperate milieu of Caracas' teeming underclass.

August 23, 2012 Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion
One Guy's Opinion

The overwrought story unfolds awkwardly, with one ridiculously contrived act of violence in the middle, and it piles on both sports-drama and up-from-poverty clichés.

August 23, 2012 Full Review Source: Las Vegas Weekly
Las Vegas Weekly

Rasquin and Jones avoid cliche to deliver an ending that hits home as hard as an unexpected football to the solar plexus.

March 15, 2012 Full Review Source: Eye for Film
Eye for Film

Good football action and an inside look at the Caracas barrios cannot save this film from a thin script and sport drama predictability.

July 29, 2011 Full Review Source: Monsters and Critics
Monsters and Critics

Brotherly love put to the test in potent drama.

May 9, 2011 Full Review Source: sbs.com.au
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Audience Reviews for Brother (Hermano)

Just a quick note; I worked in this production. My name's in the credits

But a movie totally worth watching because it is beautiful. I can't even write a review because Hermano has been such a great experience in my life.
May 7, 2011
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