Bold handling of crude unbridled passion, of violently conflicting ideas, and of earthy humor makes up The Brothers Karamazov.
Conspicuous assets are the striking color photography and the musical score, both of which help a great deal in enhancing the drama's savage and soulful moods.
| Original Score: 4/5
I would avoid this film as readily as one avoids Siberia.
| Original Score: C-
The film feels like 'Classics Comics' instead of a classic.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Very uncertain in period and atmosphere, and saddled with some terrible performances.
| Original Score: C
| Original Score: 2/5
When the acting's good, it's very good, but when it's bad, it's laughable and director Brooks' attempts at injecting Slavic intensity misfire badly sometimes.
While not as terrible as his subsequent adaptation of Lord Jim, this 1958 Hollywoodization of the Dostoyevsky novel by writer-director Richard Brooks is pretty grotesque all the same.