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Brothers Reviews

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Charlie Lyne
Ultra Culture
January 22, 2010
It's a tense and slightly affecting movie with a few quite good performances. Unfortunately, it's also so mind-bendingly overblown that it makes 2012 look like The White Ribbon.
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
December 4, 2009
Brothers never fully earns the right to exploit Sam's crucible in Afghanistan and the angry anguish it brings about.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
Alonso Duralde
IFC.com
December 3, 2009
What might have been a new spin on a relatively chilly piece of filmmaking becomes a carbon copy created for audiences who don't like subtitles -- meanwhile, all the flaws of Bier's movie remain completely intact and untouched.
Sonny Bunch
Washington Times
December 4, 2009
In its attempt to examine the war on terror through the lens of family struggles, Brothers occasionally works. Ultimately, however, it fails in two respects.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Nora Lee Mandel
Film-Forward.com
December 6, 2009
A sympathetic case study of PTSD, but seems to be solved by an embrace. The histrionics keep it short of the effectiveness of more restrained war-at-home message dramas.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
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James Rocchi
MSN Movies
December 4, 2009
Brothers -- an Americanized re-make of Danish director Susanne Bier's 2004 film "Brødre" -- revolves around the Afghan War but also keeps its distance, a balancing act that winds up looking more wobbly than elegant.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
November 23, 2009
A remake of a Danish film has much to admire but never comes together with the impact of the original.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
December 4, 2009
The movie feels so contained and relentlessly tasteful it's as if Sheridan were determined to take a story about war, guilt, violence and sex and make all of those things as passionless as possible.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
December 4, 2009
Sheridan seems as conflicted as the Cahills about their virtues and failings.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Matthew Razak
Examiner.com
December 3, 2009
In the end the great performances can't save the film. Mediocrity drips from every other aspect of the film, and you can feel it trying too hard to convince us that we should care.
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Laremy Legel
Film.com
December 4, 2009
A depressing tale of contrived melodrama that fails to make any point at all.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Kam Williams
NewsBlaze
December 7, 2009
Jim Sheridan directs disappointing remake of Danish dysfunctional family saga.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
December 4, 2009
Brothers tries to delve into how war can tear families apart, but only succeeds in showing how miscasting and melodrama obscure good intentions.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Prairie Miller
NewsBlaze
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.
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
December 4, 2009
Brothers isn't nearly as unbearable as most of the anti-war pictures of the last five years, but when it comes to members of the armed services, screenwriters continue to lose their ability to think in more than one dimension.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
December 4, 2009
As Sam, Tobey Maguire undergoes a complete transformation into a mentally traumatized individual, but his excellent performance isn't adequately supported by David Benioff's sporadically amateurish script.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
December 4, 2009
It's almost as if Sheridan and screenwriter David Benioff were constructing a pile of old bones for a museum installation, with no live connective tissue required.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
December 4, 2009
Sheridan takes a routine story and presents it with clenching seriousness, making it not only boring, but unpleasant.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Peter Sobczynski
eFilmCritic.com
December 3, 2009
When you compare its promise and pedigree with the ultimate results, there is no getting around the fact that it is one of the more disappointing films of the season.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Brandon Fibbs
BrandonFibbs.com
December 4, 2009
Brother turns on a single moment of such implausibility that nearly everything that comes after it rings false as a result.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
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