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Brothers Reviews

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January 22, 2010
Brothers is a movie of moments (some of which are fine indeed) that never quite coalesce into a credible or satisfying whole.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
January 22, 2010
Like mainstream Hollywood with a weird dollop of painful arthouse drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
January 22, 2010
The film feels like a spirit-sapping tour of duty: lightweight stars doing Big Emotions.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
January 22, 2010
While Brothers is raw in its realism and loud in its chest-beating, it's still mechanically cold to watch.
January 22, 2010
Far less than the sum of its parts, Brothers fails to reach the heights that the intriguing premise, talented cast and award-winning director could have attained with some tweaking to the script.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
January 22, 2010
Don't be put off by the "Afghan war" tag - Brothers isn't half as harrowing as some of the other awards-bait offerings coming our way. This touching family drama deserves to find an audience.
| Original Score: 4/5
January 22, 2010
The fine interplay between the three leads builds to a gripping, emotionally devastating finale that offers no easy answers while still arriving at a poignant and satisfying conclusion.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 22, 2010
A sudsy remake that soft-soaps its tougher inspiration. The A-list stars go for it, but are 10 years off doing the story justice.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
January 22, 2010
A slightly bland Portman and an overwrought Maguire rather highlight the contrived turns in the plotting of what is a thoroughly respectable effort, but one that is not all it could have been.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
January 22, 2010
Jim Sheridan's plodding direction and the miscasting of Maguire mean that it looks too much like glossy melodrama to involve many people's emotions.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
January 22, 2010
Brothers is a film that fails on almost every level, coming with no meaningful message about the morality of war, saying nothing about sibling relationships and with the worst case of miscasting I can recall.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
January 22, 2010
The result, wavering between intensity and bombast, is part Eugene O'Neill, part topical TV movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
January 22, 2010
Maguire and Gyllenhaal give honest performances, though they don't really convince as blood. Carey Mulligan, our own current darling, makes a brief but telling appearance as a war widow.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
January 22, 2010
A welcome reminder of just how fine an actor Gyllenhaal can be and one of the reasons to catch this understated tale of a family at war.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
January 22, 2010
A powerful watch that tellingly melts away to nothing as the credits roll.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
January 22, 2010
As rowdy, democratic and open-ended as a Robert Altman saga, Brothers breathes life into the clichés surrounding traumatised vets.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
January 22, 2010
A watchable, well made drama with a superb performance from Jake Gyllenhaal but it lacks both the subtlety and the emotional impact of the Danish original.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
January 22, 2010
This remake of Susanne Bier's 2004 drama is an equally powerful story of family tensions and how violence affects more than just the victim. But the original Danish film's strained melodrama translates here as well.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
January 22, 2010
A mish-mash of great performances that don't quite add up to a great movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
January 22, 2010
It won't change your life but Brothers is still a sombre, thoughtprovoking movie and worth a look if all that you're after is a slice of well acted, serious, character driven drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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