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Mr. Brooks Reviews

Ben Kenigsberg
Time Out
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Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 2/5

November 16, 2011
David Fear
Time Out
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Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 2/5

November 16, 2011
David Ansen
Newsweek
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April 7, 2008

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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June 30, 2007
David Jenkins
Time Out
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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 Source: Time Out | Original Score: 2/6

June 23, 2007
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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Mr. Brooks spins a web that will wrap you up in nightmares.

| Original Score: 3/4

June 15, 2007
David Denby
New Yorker
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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.

Full Review Source: New Yorker

June 4, 2007
Melissa Anderson
Time Out New York
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[Director] Evans keeps flirting with a potentially rich idea only to surround it with indigestible amounts of silliness.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 2/6

June 2, 2007
Susan Walker
Toronto Star
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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.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 2.5/4

June 1, 2007
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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Certainly more genuinely creepy than many recent thrillers, and the supporting cast is effective.

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

June 1, 2007
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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You know you're in real trouble when Demi Moore's playing the most sympathetic character you have.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 1.5/4

June 1, 2007
Rex Reed
New York Observer
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Please don't tell me it was supposed to be played for laughs all along, because I don't buy it. Too late to save it from doom, the twists and snafus in Mr. Brooks start coming too fast for the audience to absorb, and the movie turns delusional.

Full Review Source: New York Observer

June 1, 2007
Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
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In Mr. Brooks, Bruce A. Evans' fitfully subversive approach to the genre, we get a few fresh takes on the psychology of serial killing.

Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle | Original Score: 2.5/4

June 1, 2007
Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
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Totally absurd and equally entertaining.

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

June 1, 2007
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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The film emerges as a subtle commentary on a disquieting aspect of our current culture -- a commentary on the nature of a masturbatory voyeurism and how it fosters heartlessness by turning other people into objects.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

June 1, 2007
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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The kind of movie that rockets so far beyond the line of credibility and so deeply into the realm of utter stupidity, you start to wonder if the filmmakers aren't putting you on.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 2/4

June 1, 2007
Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
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I count a baker's dozen of movie plots here, a tally so impressive that the qualifier -- all of them are inane -- seems almost ungenerous.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 1/4

June 1, 2007
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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Far-fetched, flimsy and uninvolving.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 1.5/4

June 1, 2007
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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What starts out as a delightful black comedy and social commentary ends up, at best, as a guilty pleasure where I had a hard time sorting out the intentional from the unintentional laughs.

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

June 1, 2007
Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
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Costner seems to be having some fun playing the respectable guy with an evil secret, but [director] Evans' murky storytelling just weighs him down. Cook has all the charisma of a misshapen mud pie.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

June 1, 2007
Michael Booth
Denver Post
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Mr. Brooks has more tonal shifts than a Philip Glass concert, never deciding if it's a thriller, a noir, a comedy or a farce.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 2/4

June 1, 2007
Richard Roeper
Chicago Sun-Times
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A classic guilty pleasure -- a great-looking, weirdly compelling thriller with two pedal-flooring performances from Costner and William Hurt.

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

June 1, 2007
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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A fertile example of the Studio Film Gone Berserk, where too many characters and too many story lines geometrically progress until a level of blissful absurdity is reached.

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

June 1, 2007
Stephen Holden
New York Times
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If it is not as sadistic as the Saw and Hostel movies, it is as malignant in its insistence on the omnipresence of evil.

| Original Score: 1.5/5

June 1, 2007
Kevin Crust
Los Angeles Times
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The film probably tilts the balance too far in favor of Mr. Brooks at the expense of the uninspired Det. Atwood.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 2.5/5

May 31, 2007
Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
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[Costner] gives one of the best performances of his career.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 4/5

May 31, 2007
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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Mr. Brooks manages to be deeply loathsome -- no small feat for a film that's shallowly amateurish.

Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal

May 31, 2007
Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Mr. Brooks is driven more by its characters than its plot. And several of those characters are fascinating.

| Original Score: 3/4

May 31, 2007
Tom Long
Detroit News
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Mr. Brooks is a killer.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: B+

May 31, 2007
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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It would be nice to report that Costner's bid paid off but Mr. Brooks, aside from the low-key menace he exudes, isn't much.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: C+

May 31, 2007
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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Intriguing but inept.

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

May 31, 2007
Keith Phipps
AV Club
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Here are two things to know about Mr. Brooks going in: 1) Demi Moore plays a millionaire cop, and 2) that's one of the less ludicrous elements.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: C

May 31, 2007
Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
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What compels isn't the overwrought plot, but the simpler things, the dynamics between the actors, the avuncularity between old pros Costner and Hurt and the class condescension between Costner and Cook. It has a fascinatin' rhythm.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

May 31, 2007
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Slickly shot, coolly edited, oozing dark, deadpan humor, Mr. Brooks finds Costner at the top of his game. His moves are subtle, his expressions flat, his emotions clamped down, contained.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 3/4

May 31, 2007
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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This is one of those slick, violent, ridiculous Hollywood jobs that make little sense as a story, a comment on life, or a depiction of characters, but are moderately enjoyable in their spinning of movie conventions.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

May 31, 2007
Mark Caro
Chicago Tribune
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If you broke down Mr. Brooks in terms of structure, twists and momentum, you might give it high marks. The thing does move. To where is the problem.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 2/4

May 31, 2007
Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
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The movie has the air of a project that kicked around Hollywood for years earning periodic praise from bleary-eyed script readers duped by its labored quirkiness and from former matinee idols eager to reinvent themselves as brooding method actors.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

May 31, 2007
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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Mr. Brooks begins promisingly, but it grows steadily more preposterous as it goes along, becoming the first feel-good serial-killer movie.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: C

May 31, 2007
David Germain
Associated Press
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When your best character is a serial killer's imaginary friend, you know your movie's in trouble.

Full Review Source: Associated Press

May 30, 2007
John Anderson
Variety
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It should provide discriminating audiences the antidote they seek to Clooneys-and-Caribbean fever, while giving Costner's career a considerable kick in the credibility department.

Full Review Source: Variety

May 30, 2007
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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Mr. Brooks is a curious mix of the campy and the intelligent, of high concept and low psychology. In spite of these contradictions, or perhaps because of them, it works.

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

May 30, 2007
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
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Overdesigned characters and situations stretch plausibility at every turn.

May 30, 2007
Robert Wilonsky
Village Voice
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Bloody disappointing.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

May 29, 2007
David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
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If our movies are any guide, we're a nation of latent serial killers.

Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture

May 29, 2007
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