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Harry Brown Reviews

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Sean Axmaker

By the end, it's turned from a geriatric Death Wish into a one-dimensional Taxi Driver...

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September 4, 2010
Steve Newall

"[Caine] elevates this grim vigilante-fest from pretty darn good to essential viewing."

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 5/5

August 15, 2010
Perri Nemiroff

A lot to digest stylistically and narratively, but Harry Brown is developed in an ever-increasing, shock-inducing manner and is undeniably successful.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 4/5

August 13, 2010
Alison Gang
San Diego Union-Tribune

Although Caine lives up to expectations in this nicely crafted (though violent) film, the oversimplified story he's given to work with keeps it from the top of Caine's impressive filmography.

Full Review Source: San Diego Union-Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

August 11, 2010

Harry Brown is a more meditative take on garden variety exploitation, but its attraction lies in the same guilty pleasure centers of the brain that exult in a kind of movie violence that is the very opposite of senseless.

Full Review Source: DCist | Original Score: 5.9/10

July 18, 2010
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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Caine, that master of gentle sadness, lets us know Harry immediately as a good man trying to get by -- and trying to understand what seems like madness.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3/4

July 1, 2010
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

A very good film -- albeit very violent and bloody -- and contains yet another splendid Michael Caine performance. I'm not complaining too much based on those grounds alone.

Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC) | Original Score: 4.5/5

July 1, 2010
Mike Ward

Maybe Michael Caine just wanted to make his "death wish" before kickin' his "bucket list." Say what you wanna say, but I'd rather watch old-timers bust gums than tandem parachute with Morgan Freeman while John Mayer plays softly in the background.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 3/4

June 18, 2010
Chris Foran
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

In the hands of a lesser actor, this would feel just as clichéd as it sounds. But Caine brings his smarts as well as his baggage to the character, making him more than another mad-as-hell guy with a gun.

Full Review Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | Original Score: 2.5/4

June 17, 2010
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

A revenge fantasy that recalls the Charles Bronson Death Wish series and Clint Eastwood's Gran Torino, Daniel ... would be unremarkable if not for the grave, lowered gaze of Michael Caine and the relentless grittiness of its cinematography.

Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | Original Score: 84/100

June 16, 2010
James Verniere
Boston Herald

Forget those boring, ludicrously overpriced, would-be summer blockbusters and go see the art of vigilante-movie-making done to a fare-thee-well. Caine's Harry makes bad-boy Russell Crowe's Robin Hood look like a sissy.

Full Review Source: Boston Herald | Original Score: A-

June 11, 2010
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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After a long run of baroquely plotted crime dramas like Layer Cake and Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, it's a little depressing to come across a vigilante drama whose sole twist is its protagonist's advanced age.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2/4

June 10, 2010
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix

This latest in the slumming mini-genre offers a couple of new wrinkles: Michael Caine and self-righteous, soul-satisfying vigilante justice.

Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix | Original Score: 3/4

June 9, 2010
Matt Soergel
Florida Times-Union

Full disclosure: I'd happily rewatch even my neighbor's vacation video from Dollywood if Caine were in it. And here, brooding, world-weary and emphysemic, he is, of course, magnificent.

Full Review Source: Florida Times-Union | Original Score: 2.5/4

June 4, 2010
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

What could have been a smart urban drama turns into a ludicrous revenge-thriller.

Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City | Original Score: 2/4

June 3, 2010
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher

[A] poignantly observed portrait of the bitter loneliness of old age -- director Daniel Barber has a keen eye for making the isolation sneak up on you and sting...

Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher

May 28, 2010
Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
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It's simply the tale of a man who decides to do something and sticks to his guns, so to speak. That the man is played by Michael Caine is what makes it worthwhile.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 3.5/5

May 27, 2010
Paul Byrnes
Sydney Morning Herald

The film is dark, beautifully half-lit and as controlled as it needs to be so Caine can work his way deeper into the character. His performance is astonishing: Harry is stooped, no longer physically strong, but he has immense reserves.

Full Review Source: Sydney Morning Herald | Original Score: 4/5

May 21, 2010
Philippa Hawker
The Age (Australia)

Stylishly filmed in a grimy palette of putrescent green and muddy brown, the movie seems at times almost to revel in the nastiness it depicts.

Full Review Source: The Age (Australia) | Original Score: 2.5/5

May 21, 2010
Beth Wilson

This is tabloid propaganda and an irresponsibly negative stereotype to attach to the youngest and poorest section of society.

Full Review Source: Trespass

May 21, 2010
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