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The Brave One Reviews

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David Fear
Time Out
November 16, 2011
| Original Score: 2/5
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Ben Kenigsberg
Time Out
November 16, 2011
| Original Score: 2/5
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Christopher Orr
The New Republic
September 22, 2008
The Brave One is not merely the most morally repellent film of the year, but a contender for the stupidest.
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Trevor Johnston
Time Out
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
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
September 20, 2007
The fire goes out long before the film ends.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
September 14, 2007
Foster does her best with a flawed story whose ending rings even less true than the rest of it.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
September 14, 2007
Uncertainty helps keep The Brave One on its toes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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
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Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
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
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Tasha Robinson
AV Club
September 14, 2007
The moody tone and carefully balanced drama turn a grubby premise into something unexpectedly elegant.
| Original Score: B+
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
September 14, 2007
Clever, calculated, 'responsible' filmmaking.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
September 14, 2007
Worth watching for Foster's fiercely arresting performance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
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
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
September 14, 2007
It's lily-livered narrative cowardice, and I reject it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
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
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
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.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
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.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
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.
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
September 14, 2007
An ugly, manipulative mess.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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+
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Leah McLaren
Globe and Mail
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.
| Original Score: 1/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
September 13, 2007
The Brave One, though well cast and smoothly directed, is just as crude and ugly as you want it to be.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
September 13, 2007
Foster isn't the only one abused in this film. Viewers are, too.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
September 13, 2007
There's a lot to admire in The Brave One. It just doesn't cut as deeply as it needs to.
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
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.
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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+
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
September 13, 2007
A cheapjack vigilante potboiler.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
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.
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
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.
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
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.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
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?
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
August 30, 2007
Jodie Foster has a good shot at awards recognition in this flawed but still disturbing vigilante drama.
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Justin Chang
Variety
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.