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Mr. Brooks (2007)



Average Rating: 5.7/10
Reviews Counted: 153
Fresh: 84 | Rotten: 69

The setup is intriguing, but Mr. Brooks overstuffs itself with twists and subplots, becoming more preposterous as it goes along.


Average Rating: 5.1/10
Critic Reviews: 42
Fresh: 17 | Rotten: 25

The setup is intriguing, but Mr. Brooks overstuffs itself with twists and subplots, becoming more preposterous as it goes along.



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A hardened detective enters into a tenuous symbiotic relationship with the vicious serial killer she is tracking after earning the respect of the murderous madman in this vicious psychological thriller starring Demi Moore, Kevin Costner, and William Hurt. Earl Brooks (Costner) is a successful businessman, noted philanthropist, and loving father. He's the kind of man whom no one would ever suspect of being a notorious serial killer, but then again history's most dubious psychopaths are often the

Oct 23, 2007


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All Critics (157) | Top Critics (44) | Fresh (84) | Rotten (69) | DVD (24)

This wannabe highbrow horror-thriller is a graceless, unfocused piece of work with a central narrative as tonally schizophrenic and wayward as its lead.

June 23, 2007 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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Mr. Brooks spins a web that will wrap you up in nightmares.

June 15, 2007
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The movie is so well made, and so compelling as a portrait of a man at war with himself, that, right up until the end, many people will probably be entertained by its intricately preposterous story.

June 4, 2007 Full Review Source: New Yorker
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[Director] Evans keeps flirting with a potentially rich idea only to surround it with indigestible amounts of silliness.

June 2, 2007 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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Quite a few plot lines and character quandaries remain unresolved. And yet the movie makes sense as it stands. After all, one can never know what makes a psychopath tick.

June 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Comment (1)
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Certainly more genuinely creepy than many recent thrillers, and the supporting cast is effective.

June 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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It's not that Costner is a bad actor. He's just a one-note actor... like a male Julia Roberts. And this just isn't his note.

April 27, 2014 Full Review Source: 7M Pictures
7M Pictures

A dinâmica entre Hurt e Costner carrega Instinto Secreto: exibindo uma imensa química em suas cenas, os dois atores estabelecem um sentimento misto de tensão e camaradagem entre seus personagens.

January 16, 2008 Full Review Source: Cinema em Cena
Cinema em Cena

The audience is apt to forget its own vicarious indulgence in some fairly perverse, psychologically unhinged acted out fantasy, as Kevin Costner masterminds erotically tinged guilty pleasures.

October 27, 2007 Full Review Source: International News Service
International News Service

Costner gives a nicely underplayed performance and the film is well enough made to be watchable, if only to find out what enormity will be perpetrated next, and by whom.

October 12, 2007 Full Review Source: This is London | Comments (3)
This is London

Costner's double-act with Hurt is a wicked pleasure, like The Odd Couple with a psychopathic twist.

October 12, 2007 Full Review Source: Independent

Kevin Costner as a schizophrenic serial killer? Demi Moore as a hardboiled police detective? No, we don't think so.

October 12, 2007 Full Review Source: Financial Times
Financial Times

It does keep you guessing until the end, but Mr Brooks turns out to be Mr Average after all.

October 12, 2007 Full Review Source: Sun Online
Sun Online

There's enough ambition for a miniseries here, and satellite viewers already have the rather terrific Dexter. Stuffed into two hours, it's all a bit of a pile-up.

October 12, 2007 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

If you can stomach the psychological codswallop of a serial killer keeping the demons at bay via Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, it may well be possible to enjoy this taut-ish thriller.

October 12, 2007 Full Review Source: Guardian

There's plenty to recommend this old-fashioned serial-killer flick.

October 12, 2007 Full Review Source: Times [UK]
Times [UK]

With a terrific cast and a superb script, this is a hugely enjoyable suspense thriller of the sort that they really don't make anymore.

October 11, 2007 Full Review Source: ViewLondon

Despite numerous cutesy twists, it's the gradual unveiling of a warped morality that lures you into Brooks' world.

October 10, 2007 Full Review Source:

Everyone involved takes this tat seriously except William Hurt, who goes gung-ho as the alter-ego goading Brooks' kill frenzies. If only they'd cut out the middle-Kev and cast Hurt instead...

October 10, 2007 Full Review Source: Total Film | Comment (1)
Total Film

A meticulous killer with family issues; a cop with problems of her own; secondary murderers on the loose; a plot with unexplored depths - this could have been a decent TV series.

October 10, 2007 Full Review Source: Sky Movies
Sky Movies

Although flawed, this remains a blackly funny noir treat thanks to Costner and Hurt's double-act.

October 10, 2007 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Mr Brooks is a new spin on murder-by-numbers: one fascinating character, two outstanding performances, and subplots too numerous for the film's coherence or the viewer's sanity.

October 4, 2007 Full Review Source: Film4

Hubiera sido una estupenda comedia negra si no fuera que el director Bruce A. Evans se tomó el asunto en serio. Firme candidata a la peor película del año.

October 2, 2007 Full Review Source: Uruguay Total
Uruguay Total

There's more to every character than meets the eye and all the relationships have a twist

July 28, 2007 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

Twisty and seductive, this classy dramatic thriller has so much going on that we almost forget we're watching a trashy potboiler.

July 21, 2007 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

A nutzoid chiller devoted to proving the strange, unseemly notion that even bloodthirsty serial killers are more enjoyable company than bad MySpace comedians.

June 26, 2007 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Weekly
Philadelphia Weekly

Audience Reviews for Mr. Brooks

October 27, 2013
Directors Cat
Directors Cat

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Successful business and family man Earl Brooks is secretly a serial killer whose meticulous planning is unravelled when a witness photographs him at the scene of his latest murder. My first reaction to the synopsis of this film was "Just what the world needs. Another serial killer movie..." but I have to say that the novel approach of this film had me hooked from the start. Costner plays Brooks not as a gleeful killer, but a victim of an unwanted addiction which is personified on screen by William Hurt; a kind of Tyler Durden for psychopaths. It sounds gimmicky but the great performances really make it work and Hurt and Costner have really good on screen chemistry, as the killer argues and jokes with "himself". Far less interesting, unsurprisingly, is Demi Moore and it is difficult to care about her domestic troubles although she is nowhere near as vile as usual. The biggest weakness of the film is its seeming lack of confidence in its own premise; it almost seems to feel the need to throw in a load of other plot threads that only serve to make the film less believable and more unlikely; Moore's shoot out in particular looked like it was crowbarred in from another, inferior film. I felt that if the subplots had been stripped away this could have been an excellent film, but as it is it felt like a breath of fresh air in an overcrowded genre and is well worth watching for the Costner and Hurt double act alone.
January 29, 2013
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With its 80s resurrection cast (plus Dane Cook) and a plot and a visual style more suited to primetime TV, I think a lot of viewers and critics had their knives sharpened long before bothering to watch this film - I know my expectations were low. But what we have here is a movie that goes to some dark places, and a decent performance by Kevin Costner as a compulsive killer, and a consummate professional who hides it from his family and his colleagues incredibly. The Cook character is interesting, too: a hobbyist photographer who takes surreptitious photos of a couple having sex in an adjacent apartment building, he unwittingly captures Costner killing them, and in an attempt to blackmail him he ends up enticed by the crimes and grows interested in taking part. I could take or leave Demi Moore as the cop, and I didn't think her backstory (failed marriage, ex trying to get more than a fair share in the settlement) was very necessary as a subplot, and William Hurt was capable but little else as the personification of the voice in Costner's head, invisible to everyone else and urging him to keep killing. I'd have probably liked it less if my expectations were higher, but it's no better or worse than most mediocre Hollywood divertissement; give it a chance, skeptics, you just might enjoy it.
January 11, 2013

Super Reviewer

It's hypnotic, electrifying, fantastic, mesmerizing and pulse-pounding. A mind-blowing and breathtaking thriller. Tremendous twist and turns that you wont see coming. Wickedly brilliant, clever, unique, intelligent and endlessly bone-chilling. It has edge of your seat excitement that never lets up. A cool, captivating and enthralling film. Kevin Costner gives an sensational performance. This is Costner like you never seen him before, dark, bold and brutally charming. One of the best performances of his career. Dane Cook is terrific, giving a worthy and exceptional dramatic performance. William Hurt is brilliant, a sadistic and thrilling performance. Hurt and Costner are magnificent together, proving to have well-developed and rich in character chemistry. Demi Moore is exceptional. An astonishing, riveting, gripping and terrifically original film. Stylish, marvelous, frightening and truly exhilarating. Nothing short of a masterpiece. An instant classic. This film is absolutely perfect. It's a bit of Dexter and a lot of American Psycho.
November 12, 2012

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    1. Earl Brooks: The contents of your safety deposit box, Mr. Smith... have vanished!
    – Submitted by Jane W (23 months ago)
    1. Hawkins: I wouldn't take the bullet but I would push you out of the way.
    – Submitted by Evan H (2 years ago)
    1. Marshall: Why do you fight it so hard, Earl?
    – Submitted by Ahmed I (2 years ago)
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