Brother Reviews

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January 10, 2013
November 20, 2008
November 7, 2003
Takashi has been considered a master auteur. Perhaps, but there's no art here, just violence.
September 26, 2002
There's no flow to this movie -- it just plods along from one disconnected sequence to another.
June 10, 2002
It's a little hard to take, a little too nihilistic.
February 20, 2002
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.
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.
August 24, 2001
Singularly unexciting for an action film, and working up enthusiasm for it is difficult.
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 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.
July 27, 2001
Just how many acts of self-inflicted finger amputations do I really want to see?
July 27, 2001
Likely to frustrate viewers not alienated or put off by all of the violent material in the first place.
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.
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
Of course, [Yamamoto's] behavior should horrify people, even criminals, because he is quite probably insane, a fact the movie never seems prepared to address.
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