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The Brave One Reviews

November 16, 2011
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
November 16, 2011
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
September 22, 2008
The Brave One is not merely the most morally repellent film of the year, but a contender for the stupidest.
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 20, 2007
The fire goes out long before the film ends.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 18, 2007
I think The Brave One could have been a better film with a different ending, but it's still a well-crafted, thought-provoking story with outstanding performances.
September 14, 2007
Foster does her best with a flawed story whose ending rings even less true than the rest of it.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 14, 2007
Uncertainty helps keep The Brave One on its toes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 14, 2007
A violent action movie with a heart and soul. Watching it is difficult; forgetting it is more so.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
September 14, 2007
You long for all this combined talent to be in the service of something more deserving than a retread of a story that has lost the edge it had 33 years ago.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 14, 2007
The moody tone and carefully balanced drama turn a grubby premise into something unexpectedly elegant.
Read More | Original Score: B+
September 14, 2007
Clever, calculated, 'responsible' filmmaking.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
September 14, 2007
Worth watching for Foster's fiercely arresting performance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 14, 2007
Two terrific lead actors under the direction of the estimable Jordan aren't enough to overcome the proven axiom that although you can make a bad movie from a good script, you can't make a good one from a bad one.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 14, 2007
Less a brave movie than a foolhardy one. Trapped in a no man's land between seriousness and pulp trash, it plays like a combination of Death Wish and The Hours. If that sounds like an awkward fit, it is.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
September 14, 2007
It's lily-livered narrative cowardice, and I reject it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
September 14, 2007
It is vengeance porn dressed up as an important film, a reverse slasher movie feigning some weak pretense of meaning beyond its own bloodlust.
Full Review | Original Score: D
September 14, 2007
The Brave One is as bold a movie as we are likely to see this year, a movie that has more in common with 1970s provocations like Straw Dogs and Taxi Driver.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
September 14, 2007
What the screenwriters don't achieve in dialogue, director Jordan often delivers visually. He and his cinematographer employ a particularly powerful way to evoke Erica's resurfacing. It resembles a slow blink; it suggest a brain grappling to make sense.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
September 14, 2007
Psychological suspense is what makes The Brave One spellbinding. The movie doesn't dine out on action scenes, but regards with great curiosity how these two people will end up.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
September 14, 2007
What might have been a serious drama about coming to terms with violence and loss turns into a crowd-pleasing and increasingly far-fetched remake of Death Wish.
September 14, 2007
The Brave One is oppressively plot-driven. All the mood is snuffed out. The filmmakers so want Erica's actions to make sense to us that the movie usually seems illogical despite itself.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 14, 2007
An ugly, manipulative mess.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
September 14, 2007
Foster and Howard are both wonderful actors and they try very hard to make this soul stuff work. But the absurdity of the script does them in.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
September 14, 2007
A seventies' revenge movie with a woefully unconvincing patina of intellectual justification, The Brave One is the sort of genre movie that gets more credit than it deserves.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
September 14, 2007
Because it wants the applause both of the chatting classes and the blood crowd, The Brave One doesn't take a firm position about vigilantism.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
September 13, 2007
The Brave One, though well cast and smoothly directed, is just as crude and ugly as you want it to be.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
September 13, 2007
Foster isn't the only one abused in this film. Viewers are, too.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
September 13, 2007
There's a lot to admire in The Brave One. It just doesn't cut as deeply as it needs to.
September 13, 2007
The finale is bad enough to make you wish the actress were working more often, so that the blatantly commercial stuff wasn't all she was letting us see.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
September 13, 2007
You may hate yourself for yielding to the expertise of the manipulation, but the vicarious thrill of The Brave One is the sense of pulling your own trigger on pure evil and watching the bullet tear through.
September 13, 2007
The Brave One is Death Wish with a guilty conscience, and while it may be a bit of a hypocrite as vigilante thrillers go, the internal contradictions of the thing make for a very interesting picture.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
September 13, 2007
Everything about Foster's ocular intensity is riveting, but little in this hushed vigilante drama makes sense.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
September 13, 2007
A cheapjack vigilante potboiler.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
September 13, 2007
Jordan's ballsy and sometimes bonkers movie is more ambitious and alive -- more worth writing, talking and thinking about -- than anything that has tumbled off the Hollywood assembly line in a good long while.
September 12, 2007
The Brave One seems to be implicitly saying that only men are capable of forceful action, only men are interesting at the centre of a moral quandary -- or at least, women who resemble men.
September 12, 2007
The Brave One has opened the fall movie season with a bang, indeed with a lot of bang, bang, bangs. Don't miss it.
September 11, 2007
Although it is bloody and at times brutal, it doesn't revel in the violence. There's more to the movie than initially meets the eye for an eye.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
September 10, 2007
What could impel Jodie Foster and director Neil Jordan to whisk us back to the bad old days of Death Wish and Ms. 45? Were their credit cards maxed out?
August 30, 2007
Jodie Foster has a good shot at awards recognition in this flawed but still disturbing vigilante drama.
August 28, 2007
Foster's pistol-packing turn as an avenging dark angel nearly sustains director Neil Jordan's grim vigilante drama through a string of implausibilities and occasionally trite psychological framing devices, with deft support from Terrence Howard.