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Brotherhood (2011)



Average Rating: 5/10
Critic Reviews: 6
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 3

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College freshman Adam Buckley sits blindfolded in the back of a van outside of a convenience store as the final step of his initiation into the Sigma Zeta Chi fraternity. Minutes later he finds himself dealing with the fact that a fellow-pledge just got shot while doing it. Frank, the senior fraternity brother in charge of the night's events, is able to get the injured pledge out of the store alive, but the fraternity's troubles are just beginning. Thinking they can get out of the situation


Mystery & Suspense, Drama

Will Canon, Douglas Simon

May 17, 2011


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The gathering implausibility is dispelled by a nice ending twist.

March 11, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Ingeniously constructed and propulsively paced.

March 3, 2011 Full Review Source: Variety
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Leanly scripted, directed for maximum tension, fast-moving and filled with a surprising amount of droll humor.

March 3, 2011 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
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"Brotherhood" isn't badly acted or without some skillfully tense moments, but it doesn't have much in the way of entertainment value either.

February 24, 2011 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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Viewers get paddled into submission in this strident frat-house thriller.

February 17, 2011 Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter
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Despite a running time of less than 70 minutes (minus the credits), still outstays its welcome.

January 12, 2011 Full Review Source: Time Out
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...a passable thriller [that is] disappointingly uninvolving for the duration of its refreshingly brief running time.

May 20, 2011 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
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Brotherhood has its faults -- the plot unravels a fair bit -- but the Tarantino homage is reasonable and the nightmarish atmosphere well maintained, with bizarre black-comic jolts.

March 7, 2011 Full Review Source: Guardian

Like its characters, Brotherhood is not a perfect film, but it's a highly effective, jolting and dark ride that plays especially well with an audience.

March 7, 2011 Full Review Source: Cinematical

Here's a tough, twisty, relentlessly paced little indie in which a college frat hazing looks pretty much like a gang initiation.

March 3, 2011 Full Review Source: Playboy Online
Playboy Online

As aggressively unpleasant as the movie often is to watch, the quality of Brotherhood's badness throws the viewer clear, marking it as spectacle -- one notch below ordeal

February 24, 2011 Full Review Source: Movieline

The obvious motif of victory and power becomes the steroids to Brotherhood's raging physicality.

February 23, 2011 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

Brotherhood moves fast, but it can't outrun its superficiality.

February 20, 2011 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

Just a variant on the old chestnut about a fraternity initiation gone terribly wrong...but told so tautly that you're swept up in it nevertheless.

February 17, 2011 Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion
One Guy's Opinion

The film's self-conscious brand of imitation Tarantino was already stale over a decade ago. It's no better now.

February 17, 2011 Full Review Source:

Doesn't make much of an impression past a few visceral flashes of conflict, with the majority of the film a frustrating sit that seems to drag on far longer than its 70-minute-long running time.

February 17, 2011 Full Review Source:

We can't say enough great things about this terrific debut and how well it plays even on repeat viewings when you know where things are going.

February 16, 2011 Full Review Source:

It exposes the snobbery, racism and macho idiocy encouraged by fraternities.

January 18, 2011 Full Review Source: Guardian

You are more likely to be scoffing than biting your nails at this theatrical little effort.

January 18, 2011 Full Review Source: Daily Express
Daily Express

The number of coincidences... required to motivate all the story's twists and turns is a little too great to be plausible - but Canon never pauses for breath or allows even a moment for reflection, editing his scenes with a rapid-fire staccato

January 14, 2011 Full Review Source: Eye for Film
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Audience Reviews for Brotherhood

I thought it was pretty good. It was so damn fast though. The pacing was lightning quick. I barely knew any of the characters and already people were getting beat up and shot. None of the characters were developed at all. The action was nice, and it had its suspenseful moments. I would've liked the pacing to slow down though. The things that happened were so outrageously unbelievable, I needed some time to catch up. Fifty things were going on at the same time, it was hard to keep up.

Other than the craziness, it was a pretty decent film. It was really short though; I wasn't expecting that.
September 26, 2011
Japes .

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A very well done film that kind of went too far, I think. The problem with this movie is that most of the characters are incredibly stupid, and annoying to the point that I was actually getting tired of the whole thing after the first hour. A chain reaction of one terribly bad decision after another was the whole premise of this film. I wish that they would have cut out a couple of those bad decisions a little earlier than they did. Know when to call it quit guys. Geez!
September 11, 2011

Super Reviewer

Cast: Trevor Morgan, Jon Foster, Lou Taylor Pucci, Arlen Escarpeta, Jesse Steccato, Jennifer Sipes, Luke Sexton, Chad Halbrook, Preston Vanderslice, Tyler Corie

Director: Will Canon

Summary: Adam Buckley, a young collegiate whose last night of pledging for a fraternity takes an ominous turn. When he's ordered to hold up a convenience store as part of his initiation, Adam complies, but after everything goes wrong, he must find the courage to help a friend.

My Thoughts: "A much better film then I had anticipated. This is a good example of how easily these types of pranks can go wrong and just how stupid they are. The movie is fast paced, which leaves no time to be bored. The movie keeps you in suspense to what will happen next. There are a few twists which keeps it more interesting. The hazing goes a little far in the film and of course it also happens in real life in these fraternity houses. But this film shows you just how bad it can get in just one night. Definitely worth seeing."
June 29, 2011

Super Reviewer

This movie starts off with a frustrating - although interesting - premise. What makes it fall apart, however, are the ridiculously idiotic plot decisions the characters make. Come on, NO ONE is this stupid.
May 12, 2011
Kristijonas Fussman

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    1. Adam: Put your fucking gun down, Frank. The Gun isn't point to you!
    – Submitted by Kuntida O (2 years ago)
    1. Adam: There's only one story.
    – Submitted by Kuntida O (2 years ago)
    1. Kevin: I'll go to jail, I don't fucking care!
    – Submitted by Chris P (3 years ago)
    1. Frank: Brother or bitch? What you're gonna be?
    – Submitted by Chris P (3 years ago)
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