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Four Brothers Reviews

Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
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October 7, 2006

Time Out
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February 9, 2006

AV Club
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September 26, 2005

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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August 20, 2005
Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
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Unremarkably schizophrenic -- half gritty sojourn into the inner-city furnace, half Hollywood brain death.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

August 16, 2005
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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Four Brothers is a violent, macho story with a perfect feel for the dynamics between four tough guys who will do anything for each other.

Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper

August 15, 2005
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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As long as the action snaps and the violence feels (somewhat) righteous, there'll always be a place for movies such as Four Brothers -- on rainy Saturdays, on TNT.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 2/5

August 12, 2005
Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
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If Four Brothers spent half as much energy making us feel something for its heroes as it spent making us feel nothing for their victims, it would be a far better, and far more engaging, film.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

August 12, 2005
Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
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Loud, stupid, unrealistic, overdone, without a thought in its ugly little head and kind of enjoyable.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

August 12, 2005
Mike Clark
USA Today
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The sometimes absurd Brothers works only on a larger-than-life level. But on that level, the zest is back.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 3/4

August 12, 2005
Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
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Most distressing, however, isn't the movie's high tide of bogus gangsta posturing, but its genuinely idiotic and irresponsible glorification of precisely the attitudes that Boyz n the Hood once depicted as vapid, self-replicating and suicidal.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 1/4

August 12, 2005
Ted Fry
Seattle Times
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For a movie that's all over the map, Four Brothers is surprisingly grounded in spite of its sometimes-schizophrenic scenario.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 2.5/4

August 12, 2005
Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
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A solidly built, yet forgettable revenge action movie that is notable mostly for its outstanding young cast.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 2/4

August 12, 2005
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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What holds us are the actors, including Terrence Howard as a cop who grew up with the brothers.

| Original Score: 2.5/4

August 12, 2005
Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Easily the best 1975 B-movie made in 2005, Four Brothers is a raucously entertaining vigilante film.

| Original Score: 2.5/4

August 12, 2005
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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[Singleton's] sloppiest, laziest movie to date, springing to life in fits and starts, risibly mawkish and occasionally gripping, and often feeling like it was made up on the set.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 1.5/4

August 12, 2005
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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Four Brothers takes some pains to add an emotional overlay to the proceedings, to connect, albeit roughly, with the notion that a character's humanity can be part of the on-screen equation.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 3/5

August 12, 2005
Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
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As a vivid, bloody piece of escapist gimmickry, it works.

Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

August 12, 2005
Jason Anderson
Globe and Mail
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All that's missing from Four Brothers' battery of macho clichés is a speedboat chase, a role for Carl Weathers and a villain with a pet cobra.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 1.5/4

August 12, 2005
Tom Long
Detroit News
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Ridiculously violent, crude, homophobic, brash and often plain absurd.

| Original Score: C

August 12, 2005
Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
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Add a script that teeters precariously between vengeance, poignancy and comedy, and Four Brothers starts to look like four movies.

| Original Score: 2/4

August 12, 2005
Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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Despite random bursts of ambition, Four Brothers ultimately feels like a genre movie, only without as much satisfying payoff as we might like.

| Original Score: C+

August 12, 2005
Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
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The fatal flaw of John Singleton's latest and most mainstream offering is an off-the-rails narrative that adds up to one giant 'Huh?'

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: C+

August 12, 2005
Paul Clinton (CNN.com)
CNN.com
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The main reason this films works so well is that Singleton has assembled an excellent cast to play the brothers.

Full Review Source: CNN.com

August 12, 2005
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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Singleton, whose feature film career got off to a terrific start with Boyz N the Hood (1991), delivers this proficiently made factory job with some snap.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 2.5/4

August 12, 2005
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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Brothers is a faux-low-budget revenge thriller, pure and simple. There's nothing special about it, and that's what's refreshing.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2.5/4

August 12, 2005
Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
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Making sense isn't a top priority for Four Brothers.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 3/4

August 12, 2005
Stephen Holden
New York Times
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Four Brothers has an elaborate plot, whose elements are unsatisfactorily pieced together between action sequences.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2/4

August 12, 2005
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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It's entertaining, in an unabashedly cheesy, proudly retro sort of way.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 2.5/4

August 12, 2005
Kyle Smith
New York Post
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Moment to moment, the mood flips from crime drama to weird high jinks; the boys spend so much time wearing their mother's clothing and playfully accusing each other of being gay that it's not clear they really care about solving the mystery.

| Original Score: 0.5/4

August 12, 2005
Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
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If you can overcome the graphic nature of its casual violence, it is a lot of fun.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 3/4

August 12, 2005
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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An unsavory and unsatisfying blend of bone-splintering sadism and doofus slapstick comedy.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 1.5/4

August 11, 2005
Gene Seymour
Newsday
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Four Brothers is several movies in one slick, stressed vehicle, its hard-grinding gears meshing with infectious gusto and rough-and-tumble vigor.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 3/4

August 11, 2005
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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[Four Brothers] connects with underlying moral currents in the way Westerns used to, back before greed, fear, anger and 'society' provided action movies with all the motivation they needed.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3/4

August 11, 2005
Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
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It's a finely tuned Motor City engine.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly | Original Score: 4/5

August 11, 2005
Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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Rough-and-tumble and sometimes raucously funny, Four Brothers can't decide if it wants to be a bloody revenge movie or a heartwarming family piece, so it settles on being a bit of both and the heck with smooth transitions.

Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Original Score: B

August 11, 2005
Joe Leydon
Variety
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When Singleton kicks out the jams during the hard-core rough stuff ... helmer delivers the goods with edgy kinetic flair.

Full Review Source: Variety

August 10, 2005
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
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As an absurd riff on baadasssss gangsta movies, Four Brothers has an undeniable visceral kick.

August 10, 2005
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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Why is Four Brothers so cheesy? Why does it look like junk? Why are the lines so oafish, the scenes so sloppily pasted together, and the characters so false?

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: D

August 10, 2005
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