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Mr. Brooks (2007)



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

Movie Info

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 quiet neighbor whom no one would ever suspect was capable of committing such unspeakable atrocities. Until now, no one has had any reason to link Earl Brooks with the heinous crimes of the dreaded Thumbprint Killer. Even his beautiful wife (Marg Helgenbeger) and teenage daughter (Danielle Panabaker) could never conceive of such an awful truth. But when Mr. Brooks's dark side begins to outshine his sane exterior, an amateur photographer (Dane Cook) captures the killer succumbing to his murderous instinct on film. Now, as Mr. Brooks is pursued by tenacious detective Tracy Atwood (Moore) and forced to bend to the will of an opportunistic bystander, the killer who was once able to keep his murderous alter ego (Hurt) in check finds his control steadily slipping.more
Rating: R (for strong bloody violence, some graphic sexual content, nudity and language)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Raynold Gideon, Bruce A. Evans, Gideon Ray
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 23, 2007
Box Office: $28.4M


Kevin Costner
as Earl Brooks
Demi Moore
as Det. Tracy Atwood
Dane Cook
as Mr. Smith
Marg Helgenberger
as Emma Brooks
William Hurt
as Marshall
Danielle Panabaker
as Jane Brooks
Aisha Hinds
as Nancy Hart
Lindsay Crouse
as Captain Lister
Jason Lewis
as Jesse Vialo
Reiko Aylesworth
as Jesse's Lawyer
Matt Schulze
as Thorton Meeks
Michael Cole
as Atwood's Lawyer
Jim Farnum
as Master of Ceremonies
Kit Gwin
as Det. Carfagno
Marcus Hester
as Det. Smolny
Jamie McShane
as Crime Lab Technician
Laura Bailey
as Flight Attendant
Jon Paul Burkhart
as Flight Attendant
Matthew Posey
as AA Leader
Brandon Olive
as Summons Server
Ben Glass
as ER Doctor
Kanin J. Howell
as Pick-Up Driver
Mark Scarboro
as Detective
David Gibbons
as Box Plant Manager
Jasa Abreo
as On Plane Flight Atte...
Rommel Sulit
as Japanese Client
Phillip DeVona
as Police Officer
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Critic Reviews for Mr. Brooks

All Critics (157) | Top Critics (44)

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

Full Review… | June 23, 2007
Time Out
Top Critic

A big-budget psycho-thriller that lets two of our more "sedate" leading men cut loose with some entertainingly juicy performances.

Full Review… | August 28, 2015

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.

Full Review… | April 27, 2014
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.

Full Review… | January 16, 2008
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.

Full Review… | October 27, 2007
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.

Full Review… | October 12, 2007
This is London

Audience Reviews for Mr. Brooks



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Super Reviewer


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.

xGary Xx

Super Reviewer

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.

Daniel Perry

Super Reviewer

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