Average Rating: 5.1/10
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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
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Leanly scripted, directed for maximum tension, fast-moving and filled with a surprising amount of droll humor.
"Brotherhood" isn't badly acted or without some skillfully tense moments, but it doesn't have much in the way of entertainment value either.
Viewers get paddled into submission in this strident frat-house thriller.
Despite a running time of less than 70 minutes (minus the credits), still outstays its welcome.
...a passable thriller [that is] disappointingly uninvolving for the duration of its refreshingly brief running time.
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.
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.
Here's a tough, twisty, relentlessly paced little indie in which a college frat hazing looks pretty much like a gang initiation.
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
The obvious motif of victory and power becomes the steroids to Brotherhood's raging physicality.
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.
The film's self-conscious brand of imitation Tarantino was already stale over a decade ago. It's no better now.
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.
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.
It exposes the snobbery, racism and macho idiocy encouraged by fraternities.
You are more likely to be scoffing than biting your nails at this theatrical little effort.
Audience Reviews for Brotherhood
- Adam: Put your fucking gun down, Frank. The Gun isn't point to you!
- Adam: There's only one story.
- Kevin: I'll go to jail, I don't fucking care!
- Frank: Brother or bitch? What you're gonna be?
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