Harry Brown Reviews

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Beth Wilson
Trespass
May 21, 2010
This is tabloid propaganda and an irresponsibly negative stereotype to attach to the youngest and poorest section of society.
Thomas Caldwell
Cinema Autopsy
May 19, 2010
Harry Brown is cinema for outraged talkback radio callers and tabloid readers as it revels in blatant fear mongering.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
June 16, 2010
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 | Original Score: 84/100
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Ella Taylor
Village Voice
April 27, 2010
Director Daniel Barber's lame handwringing about the root causes of youthful alienation forms a thin veneer over the real purpose of this self-important piece of rubbish -- to hold us hostage to the director's bottomless appetite for spurious depravity.
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
April 29, 2010
Michael Caine makes not a single interpretive misstep in the British thriller Harry Brown. The tragedy is that the performance comes to nothing. Nearly everything else in the film is vile.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Anders Wotzke
Moviedex
April 27, 2010
The moment Barber resorts to over-the-top violence as a means to an end, Harry Brown becomes an unintentional farce.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Tim Grierson
EmanuelLevy.Com
April 15, 2010
This despairing drama is ultimately less interested in revenge fantasies than it is in exploring themes of aging and urban crime.
Robert Levin
Critic's Notebook
May 7, 2010
Michael Caine's the only reason to bother with director Daniel Barber's middling, grim genre effort.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Philippa Hawker
The Age (Australia)
May 21, 2010
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 | Original Score: 2.5/5
Simon Abrams
Slant Magazine
April 29, 2010
Harry's world is the apocalypse that far-right-wingers normally need romantics like Cormac McCarthy to dream up.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Jarrod Walker
FILMINK (Australia)
May 18, 2010
While Michael Caine delivers a terrific performance, the film's predictable script and poorly developed characters result in an unengaging work
Prairie Miller
NewsBlaze
May 2, 2010
Caine's geriatric slasher may have gripes against UK youngsters with bad behavior. But the 'don't trust anyone under thirty' carnage, is really not the role model example that the elders should be setting, by killing 'em all and sorting 'em out later.
Allan Hunter
Daily Express
November 13, 2009
A morally dubious thriller that is caught between social realism and lurid sensationalism.
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
April 29, 2010
[Caine's] vigilante hell-raising might have seemed more thrilling if only it weren't so overly familiar and predictable.
Brian Tallerico
Movie Retriever
April 30, 2010
We've seen too many movies like Harry Brown before and most of them are better.
Anthony Quinn
Independent
November 13, 2009
First-time director Daniel Barber delivers a full measure of foul-mouthed brutishness, but his picture is strictly cartoon-level in terms of character and story.
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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
November 13, 2009
As narrative - and moral - maths go, this is a cooking of the books that sidesteps any smart commentary on real life.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Dave Calhoun
Time Out Sydney
May 21, 2010
Ill-informed pessimism is bolstered by childish ideas of revenge.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Sean Axmaker
Seanax.com
September 4, 2010
By the end, it's turned from a geriatric Death Wish into a one-dimensional Taxi Driver...
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
April 28, 2010
Part punk-drab British art-house portrait of underclass despair, part bloody vigilante pic, Harry Brown is shakily held together by industrial-strength sound design and the expertly employed theatrics of Michael Caine in the title role.
Full Review | Original Score: C+

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