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Brother Reviews

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June 25, 2012
A powerful statement on a violent society -- and a very uncomfortable one that is apt to alienate many viewers.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
June 21, 2007
A vital, stylish Yakuza pic, Kitano crafts a new world/old world, brother against brother epic battle straddling both sides of the Pacific.
Full Review | Original Score: A
November 7, 2003
Takashi has been considered a master auteur. Perhaps, but there's no art here, just violence.
Read More | Original Score: 1/5
June 19, 2003
The film explores in multi-layered depths how violence begets violence and how this cycle, once started, is nearly impossible to break.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
February 13, 2003
If the yardstick for mob flicks is 'Goodfellas' (and it should be), then 'Brother' doesn't stand a chance. On its own, however, it is a stylish, colourful film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 26, 2002
There's no flow to this movie -- it just plods along from one disconnected sequence to another.
| Original Score: 1/4
July 31, 2002
Always audacious and never less than entertaining, even when it's coming apart at the seams.
June 10, 2002
It's a little hard to take, a little too nihilistic.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
January 28, 2002
It fails to work because it falls into the conventional exploitive genre of Hollywood action films instead of retaining the quirky director's unusual artistic sensibilities.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
October 19, 2001
The movie comes across as a confusing mess, lacking in substance and entirely missing its goal.
September 28, 2001
Brother's attempt to romanticize crime finally collapses under its own weight.
September 4, 2001
Loud, direct, and uncompromised, Brother is raw red meat in an age of cinematic tofu.
August 24, 2001
Singularly unexciting for an action film, and working up enthusiasm for it is difficult.
August 14, 2001
Though Kitano is no Kurosawa, they're using the same brushes on similar canvasses, and that comparison in itself makes Brother one of the year's best films.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
August 14, 2001
It's rougher stuff than most would expect, though not unrewarding in its own horrific way.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
August 10, 2001
[Takeshi's] both interesting (like waiting for a bomb to go off) and fiercely dull, as if acting were something he had vaguely considered, then rejected as useless.
August 10, 2001
Kitano's most enjoyable, flat-out fun movie, provided you can stomach the violence.
August 9, 2001
Once you've seen one self-evisceration, one head blown off, one spasming body plugged full of lead, you've seen 'em all.
August 3, 2001
As an actor and writer-director, Mr. Kitano projects an amused irony that makes his films worth seeing.
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