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.
March 29, 2011
August 7, 2008
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.
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.
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.
July 31, 2002
Always audacious and never less than entertaining, even when it's coming apart at the seams.
January 5, 2002
November 12, 2001
September 4, 2001
Loud, direct, and uncompromised, Brother is raw red meat in an age of cinematic tofu.
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.
August 14, 2001
It's rougher stuff than most would expect, though not unrewarding in its own horrific way.
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.
August 2, 2001
Kitano has a gift for framing and staying with a scene, and his editing choices are impeccable.
July 27, 2001
Marks Takeshi's ninth film as director and his American filmmaking debut, but it still registers as one of his own, personal -- and very Japanese -- films.
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.
July 27, 2001
Intriguing though uneven.
July 27, 2001
A provocative variation on moviedom's worn cross-cultural themes.
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