Brute Force Reviews

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Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
March 31, 2009
Starring Burt Lancaster and cast against type Hume Cronyn, Dassin's first foray into noir is one of the bleakest and most powerful crime prison melodramas ever made, an existential chronicle that also serves as an allegory of American society at large
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
April 8, 2008
The escape sequence has the spatial intricacy of the heist in Dassin's Rififi, but the tone is tougher, bleaker, and more suspenseful.

TV Guide's Movie Guide
April 8, 2008
First rate all the way.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Variety Staff
Variety
April 8, 2008
Bristling, biting dialog by Richard Brooks paints broad cameos as each character takes shape under existing prison life.
Sean Axmaker
MSN.com
April 26, 2007
The title says it all in Jules Dassin's bare-knuckle prison thriller, one of the most brutal films about caged men ever made.
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Tom Milne
Time Out
June 24, 2006
This is one of Dassin's best films.
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Bosley Crowther
New York Times
March 25, 2006
Producer Joan Harrison, who seems to have profited from a long association with Alfred Hitchcock, and Director Irving Pichel have created mounting suspense which comes to a distinctly surprising and explosive climax as the jury brings its verdict.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Andy Klein
Los Angeles CityBeat
March 24, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
October 22, 2004
Outdated prison film.
Full Review | Original Score: B

Film4
May 24, 2003
Flashbacks are used to enable the injection of love interests, but the still claustrophobic action and escape attempt make for an explosive climax.
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena
June 18, 2007
Moralista, misógino e maniqueísta, este é um filme terrivelmente datado que tem como principal mérito o fato de ter sido fundamental para alavancar a carreira de Lancaster.
| Original Score: 2/5
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AV Club
October 16, 2001
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