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The Brave One Reviews

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October 5, 2007
Powerful themes, intense emotions and a faultless performance from Jodie Foster are central to Neil Jordan's film, yet I have a fundamental problem with the story's morals, condoning violence, revenge and the protagonist taking the law into her own hands
September 30, 2007
It is tough and challenging and twists and turns in ways that are not expected or obvious or easy.
September 29, 2007
What you can't deny is Foster's expertise at mixing vulnerability with an inner rage that half excuses what she is doing.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
September 29, 2007
Foster keeps us gripped with a convincing display of steely determination and moral ambiguity.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 29, 2007
It is Foster and Howard's performances that really help this movie rise above just a revenge fantasy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 29, 2007
Suggests a real lack of imagination on the part of the filmmakers and a sad capitulation to the idea that violence is the only answer.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
September 29, 2007
The film's final unforgivable fault is its sheer, plodding dullness.
September 29, 2007
Alas, moral niceties are blown away in a frenzy of retribution, and a "controversial" ending undoes any plausibility.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
September 28, 2007
Like Foster's character, Erica Bain, the movie makes a tortured show of conscience, then trades it in for a leather jacket and a semi-automatic.
September 28, 2007
As with all revenge movies, it simply provides its thrills by bumping off the bad guys.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 28, 2007
Neil Jordan ought to be doing more challenging material than this overblown, overwrought thriller that has only obvious points to make about the moral swamp that is urban vigilantism.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
September 28, 2007
As you'd expect, the talented Foster and Howard clearly relish sinking their teeth into a pair of well-rounded parts, their relationship teetering between cop and suspect, and the possibility of a romance.
September 28, 2007
Led by Jodie Foster, The Brave One is an adult Hollywood thriller a notch above most vigilante movies. Powerful and provocative, it will keep you thinking long after you've left the cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 28, 2007
Foster's moments of quality drive home how shaky and inconsistent this vigilante drama is. Want something to avenge? How about the way it fails to live up to the sum of its reputable talents. Now that's criminal...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 28, 2007
Beautifully played, the tantalising accretion of mutual understanding between Foster and Howard is one of the film's strengths, yet the plot machinations required to lever it into position would overstretch credibility in the clunkiest action flick.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/6
September 28, 2007
Foster convinces as the petrified victim turned vengeful killer and Howard is superb as the world weary detective. Together, they just about managed to save a frequently ham-fisted script.
September 28, 2007
It wants to be a modern Taxi Driver; it manages to be the new Falling Down, with Foster as fierce as ever.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 27, 2007
Foster is terrific and Jordan's direction is impressive, but the film doesn't quite succeed, due to the strain of trying to be both angry revenge thriller and emotional, thought-provoking drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 23, 2007
Kill 'em Jodie.
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