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Brother Reviews

August 10, 2001
Kitano's most enjoyable, flat-out fun movie, provided you can stomach the violence.
August 3, 2001
As an actor and writer-director, Mr. Kitano projects an amused irony that makes his films worth seeing.
July 27, 2001
Just how many acts of self-inflicted finger amputations do I really want to see?
July 27, 2001
Sure to satisfy fans of the laconic auteur.
July 27, 2001
Kitano presents all this mayhem in crisp and cool camera work that distances it and keeps it from becoming oppressive.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 27, 2001
Intriguing though uneven.
July 27, 2001
A provocative variation on moviedom's worn cross-cultural themes.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
July 27, 2001
This somber and bloody retread is hardly the best place to first make Kitano's intimidating acquaintance.
July 27, 2001
Rarely has such an artful aesthetic been used to craft such sadistically violent junk.
July 27, 2001
Too many of the killing scenes have a casual, perfunctory tone.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
July 27, 2001
There's nothing noble about Aniki's steadfastness; he's a violent thug who's simply more skilled and efficient than the other thugs surrounding him.
July 26, 2001
When it works, which is often, Kitano's movie is an anthropology of the distinctions between Japanese yakuza and American gangsters.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
July 26, 2001
We're made numb to the violence and bored by the lack of plot or character development.
July 26, 2001
What [Kitano fans are] looking for are increasingly novel and outrageous ways to ambush, mutilate and assassinate. And their hero doesn't disappoint.
July 26, 2001
For all its arty bloodshed, Brother is disappointingly hollow.
July 20, 2001
Riveting, if erratic.
July 20, 2001
If the film had ended a couple of scenes earlier, on a touch that's a tribute to westerns and showdowns, Mr. Kitano would have finished things off beautifully. But that's a minor quibble.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
July 20, 2001
Takeshi's elliptical directorial style is here overwhelmed by the script's crudeness and lack of narrative power.
July 20, 2001
An awkward hybrid of Kitano yakuza satire and 'hood drama.
July 19, 2001
Am I the only one who finds [Kitano's] films impossible to make heads or tails of?
Read More | Original Score: D
July 18, 2001
The movie's second half ... is tedious and uninspired.
April 16, 2001
Blood splashes everywhere and soaks the audience.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5