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Brother Reviews

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
July 27, 2001
Too many of the killing scenes have a casual, perfunctory tone.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
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.
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee
August 24, 2001
Singularly unexciting for an action film, and working up enthusiasm for it is difficult.
Rob Blackwelder
July 26, 2001
Has all the bloody shootouts the writer-director-actor is known for, but loses its grip as it tries to grab for an emotional hook.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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-
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
July 18, 2001
The movie's second half ... is tedious and uninspired.
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Michael Atkinson
Mr. Showbiz
July 20, 2001
An awkward hybrid of Kitano yakuza satire and 'hood drama.
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
July 27, 2001
This somber and bloody retread is hardly the best place to first make Kitano's intimidating acquaintance.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
July 27, 2001
Just how many acts of self-inflicted finger amputations do I really want to see?
Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies
June 10, 2002
It's a little hard to take, a little too nihilistic.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
September 26, 2002
There's no flow to this movie -- it just plods along from one disconnected sequence to another.
| Original Score: 1/4
Jim Judy
Screen It!
July 27, 2001
Likely to frustrate viewers not alienated or put off by all of the violent material in the first place.
Stacie Hougland
November 20, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
October 21, 2002
Oh, brother.
Rachel Gordon
July 18, 2001
The two hours are basically spent watching the following: people go out and shoot each other, talk about it for ten-plus minutes, then go out and do it again.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Brandon Smith
Jam! Movies
October 19, 2001
The movie comes across as a confusing mess, lacking in substance and entirely missing its goal.
JoBlo's Movie Emporium
February 20, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Greg Dean Schmitz
Greg's Previews at Yahoo! Movies
April 8, 2001
Brother a violent, bloody, gory (get the point?) film, and through it all, Kitano wields one, maybe two, expressions, to the point that it becomes nearly hilarious.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Kevin Courrier
Boxoffice Magazine
March 7, 2001
The cheap gangster mythologizing gets a bit tiresome.
Michael Thomson
April 16, 2001
Blood splashes everywhere and soaks the audience.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Ted Murphy
December 4, 2001
While it can be difficult to watch, and there is a major misstep at the end, "Brother" overall delivers the goods.
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
December 10, 2001
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
August 9, 2002
Matthew Bond
Daily Mail (UK)
December 16, 2002
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
August 17, 2002
KJ Doughton
Nitrate Online
July 27, 2001
Daniel Edwards
Senses of Cinema
November 26, 2001
Alexander Walker
London Evening Standard
December 15, 2003
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David Rooney
June 6, 2008

National Post
February 7, 2001
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Ebert & Roeper
August 2, 2001
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Los Angeles Times
October 30, 2001
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Time Out
February 9, 2006

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January 24, 2012

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