The Brooklyn Brothers Beat The Best Reviews

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Brent Simon
Shared Darkness
February 7, 2013
An offbeat, hipster-inflected road movie that steadfastly refuses to conform to expectation and sense. A to-scale victory of quirky charm and feeling over sagacity.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Prairie Miller
WBAI Radio
September 29, 2012
O'Nan deciphers in comical yet solemn ways, young characters representing warring sides of himself. While doing battle with joblessness, alienation, working stiff drudgery, and existential redemption through art and the imagination.
Marc Mohan
Oregonian
September 28, 2012
This ode to indie legitimacy proves to be too cartoonish to feel real and not outrageous enough to be memorable ...
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
September 27, 2012
While the movie itself is an uneven, sometimes preachy affair, it's alive with possibilities whenever [Weston's] on screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
September 21, 2012
Initially, this low-budget film writes a lot of checks on the First National Bank of Whimsy, but I was astonished when none of them bounced.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
September 20, 2012
A likably goofy, lo-fi indie propelled by the syncopations of a cheesy keyboard - and the cheesy dreams of its hapless heroes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Diego Costa
Slant Magazine
September 20, 2012
Do we really need another film about underachieving white men with scruffy beards? Ryan O'Nan thinks so.
Full Review | Original Score: .5/4
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Andy Webster
New York Times
September 20, 2012
Inner child? Open road? No, this film is actually about Mr. O'Nan and his wan, scruffy innocence.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Nick Schager
Village Voice
September 18, 2012
An indie about-tell me if this sounds familiar-a brokenhearted sad sack who travels cross-country with a weirdo and a too-hot-for-these-dorks woman on a road trip of healing and self-actualization.
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R. Emmet Sweeney
Time Out
September 18, 2012
Offering little more than flat karaoke versions of Sundance-style hits, this is strictly an amateur-hour affair.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph
July 22, 2012
It's just a shame about the script, which follows such a prescribed track of Alexander Payne-ish road-trippery that nothing really rings true.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Philip French
Observer [UK]
July 22, 2012
It gets nowhere slowly.
Allan Hunter
Daily Express
July 19, 2012
It may have some flaws but The Brooklyn Brothers Beat The Best is still the kind of underdog movie you want to clasp to your heart. It is an unexpected charmer.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
July 19, 2012
The comedy is at odds, perhaps even at war, with the gravitational downward pull of bittersweet seriousness, and the sucrose content is pretty high by the end. But it's an entertaining film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
David Jenkins
Little White Lies
July 19, 2012
O' Nan needs to retool and get some new material.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Cath Clarke
Time Out
July 17, 2012
It's sweet in places, but too similar to every other eccentric film about a going-nowhere artist hiding his inner brilliance under passive-aggressive annoyingness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
David Hughes
Empire Magazine
July 15, 2012
Good fun, but O'Nan doesn't take this film nearly as far as it could go, leaving the plot and its characters somewhat two-dimensional in their obvious stereotyping.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Neil Smith
Total Film
July 9, 2012
[A] highly likeable buddy movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
February 17, 2013
| Original Score: C
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