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Brothers Reviews

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Neil Pond
American Profile
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
Sandie Angulo Chen
Common Sense Media
December 31, 2010
Well-acted war drama is too intense for kids.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Simon Miraudo
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
Nick Rogers
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
Patty Jones
Georgia Straight
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.
Cris Kennedy
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.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Michael Dequina
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
Alice Tynan
The Vine
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.
Anders Wotzke
March 25, 2010
Remakes this good are one in a million.
| Original Score: 4/5
Annlee Ellingson
Moving Pictures Magazine
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.
Gavin Bond
Sunday Times (Australia)
March 25, 2010
Director Sheridan effectively contrasts the domestic character-driven drama set in suburban America with genuinely harrowing and authentic war sequences.
Thomas Caldwell
Cinema Autopsy
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
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
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
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
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
Will Lawrence
Empire Magazine
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
If you like drama with big showdowns and plenty of heartbreak, there's plenty to enjoy here.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Ben Rawson-Jones
Digital Spy
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
Charles Gant
Heat Magazine
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
Chris Prince
Sky Movies
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
Neil Smith
Total Film
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
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