• Unrated, 1 hr. 51 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:    Sally El Hosaini
  • In Theaters:    Mar 22, 2013 Limited
  • On DVD:    Sep 24, 2013
  • Paladin

My Brother The Devil Reviews

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Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
April 25, 2013

[El Hosaini] has a devil of a time getting a handle on this complicated story.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Michael McDonagh
culturevulture.net
April 12, 2013

El Housani's freshman effort is certainly visually accomplished, but there's precious little meat on its bones.

Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic
April 5, 2013

"My Brother the Devil" is a promising debut that marks El Hosaini as a filmmaker to watch, but one still very much in the developmental stages.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
David Fear
Time Out New York
Top Critic
March 19, 2013

Even those who aren't well-versed in the-'hood-always-wins dramas can see what's coming.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Mark Jenkins
NPR
Top Critic
March 21, 2013

El Hosaini fights the conventions of the brotherly gangster melodrama, but the conventions win.

Nathalie Atkinson
National Post
June 28, 2013

The attention El Hosaini gives to the physical structures in this neighbourhood is a poignant reminder of the lack of focus there generally is on the people who live inside them.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Steve Macfarlane
Slant Magazine
March 21, 2013

With My Brother the Devil, writer-director Sally El Hosaini tells a story both operatic in its implications and quotidian in its sensory, day-to-day details.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Simon Brookfield
We Got This Covered
March 30, 2013

An engrossing debut from director Sally El Hosaini, My Brother the Devil is as authentic, emotionally complex and powerfully acted as any film you'll see this year.

Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Jon Lyus
HeyUGuys
November 12, 2012

In the busy swirl of London urban dramas which fly in and out of our cinemas this thoughtful and powerful film stands above the crowd.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post
Top Critic
March 22, 2013

For at least part of its length, "My Brother the Devil" brings refreshing changes to a genre badly in need of them.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Guy Lodge
Empire Magazine
November 4, 2012

El Hosaini's voice remains crisp, cool and consistently street-smart.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Alan Scherstuhl
Village Voice
Top Critic
March 19, 2013

A tender, bracing fraternal drama of London's gang life, the immigrant experience, and questions no smaller than what "manhood" might mean to young men whose traditional cultures are colliding with the worst-and the best-of the secular west.

Emma Simmonds
The List
October 9, 2012

El Hosaini shows sensitivity to character and has a fresh, fluid style which imbues what could've been grim reality with optimism.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Shaun Munro
What Culture
October 21, 2012

A familiar story effectively re-invented, My Brother the Devil deals heartbreak, suspense and hope in equal measure.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Don Groves
sbs.com.au
June 11, 2012

Original drama portrays siblings caught between traditional values and a life of crime.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Graham Young
Birmingham Post
November 14, 2012

As well as touching upon everything from homophobia to terrorism and the merits of bacon, it delivers a heart-touching degree of optimism that's all too rare for this genre.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Graham Young
Birmingham Mail
November 16, 2012

There probably aren't too many Welsh-Egyptian writer-directors like newcomer Sally El Hosaini. But she's clearly representative of a new kind of diversity in modern Britain. And one which bodes well for its filmmaking future.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Alex Zane
Sun Online
November 9, 2012

It's the twists in director and writer Sally El Hosaini's plot which set My Brother apart from the standard inner-city gang film.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Henry Fitzherbert
Daily Express
November 8, 2012

The plotting may be a tad unconvincing at times but the performances are outstanding.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Fr. Chris Carpenter
Movie Dearest
April 3, 2013

Highly recommended. (Writer-director) El Hosaini handles the various volatile relationships within the film with intelligence and sensitivity.

Full Review | Original Score: A-
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