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Brothers Reviews

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January 16, 2018
Although Brothers is not a first-rate film, it informs us about the after-effects of war and is worth seeing while we wait for better ones to come along.
September 11, 2017
... subtly yet brilliantly captures one soldier's fight to end the war in his mind months after leaving the battlefield.
Full Review | Original Score: A
September 24, 2014
Anyone fond of Danish director Susanne Bier's 2004 original should steer clear of this ill-advised though faithful remake by Jim Sheridan.
September 30, 2011
A gritty sibling saga offers a strong reinforcement of the reality that, for many returned soldiers, some battle scars never heal.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
December 31, 2010
Well-acted war drama is too intense for kids.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 21, 2010
Brothers is that rare type of film; one that feels real and true, never forcing itself to conform to the expectations of what a movie should contain.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
September 25, 2010
Tobey Maguire's jaw seems squarer, his eyes electrified and - as Sam's features harden - like Robert De Niro circa "The Deer Hunter." When Sam snaps - all snarls, snot and spit - Maguire and Jim Sheridan place you in his percussive, throbbing psyche.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
July 6, 2010
Brothers has painful things on the brain, but it's the intimate moments that hit deepest in a story that shifts between the war in Afghanistan and pent-up family angst back in the good old U.S. of A.
July 4, 2010
Brothers may look like another veteran adjusting to life at home movie, but the heart of this film is a rich exploration of family relationships.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
May 16, 2010
Serves as a reminder that Maguire and Portman are more than up to the task of handling much weightier and demanding material.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 14, 2010
Quite literally a kitchen sink drama, Brothers eschews the returning soldier platitudes as well as the conventional love triangle. Instead Sheridan sticks to the characters, letting the story unfold through some truly exceptional performances.
April 3, 2010
A compassionate crafting of lost and found families in wartime, but a seemingly self-censored scenario with the US military establishment and its combat rationale as the troubling invisible elephant in the room.
March 25, 2010
Remakes this good are one in a million.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
March 25, 2010
After being shot down in Afghanistan and presumed dead, a soldier's return home is fraught with emotional upheaval for his whole family.
March 25, 2010
Director Sheridan effectively contrasts the domestic character-driven drama set in suburban America with genuinely harrowing and authentic war sequences.
March 21, 2010
While you would be better off tracking down a copy of the 2004 Danish film, this 2009 American remake still packs a punch where it counts.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
March 13, 2010
If you like to have your heart wrenched out in the cinema, this is for you. Even though it's a remake of the outstanding 2004 Danish original directed by Suzanne Bier (released here in 2006), Brothers carries a mighty payload of drama
March 13, 2010
Responsibility, resentment, jealousy and guilt are the film's main themes sharing with us raw emotional chaos at the highest level. It's hard-hitting and involving
January 22, 2010
Despite strong performances from the leads, when it comes to pacing and power, it's the Danish original that edges it. Still, a sturdy and affecting remake that brings a powerful story to an even wider audience.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
January 22, 2010
It takes two-thirds of the film for any scene of real emotional truth or power to emerge - and by then we're lost.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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