The Brave One Reviews

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November 16, 2011
November 16, 2011
September 22, 2008
The Brave One is not merely the most morally repellent film of the year, but a contender for the stupidest.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
September 20, 2007
The fire goes out long before the film ends.
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 18, 2007
Unfortunately, with each bullet she discharges, credibility takes a hit.
September 14, 2007
Foster does her best with a flawed story whose ending rings even less true than the rest of it.
September 14, 2007
Uncertainty helps keep The Brave One on its toes.
September 14, 2007
A violent action movie with a heart and soul. Watching it is difficult; forgetting it is more so.
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.
September 14, 2007
The moody tone and carefully balanced drama turn a grubby premise into something unexpectedly elegant.
September 14, 2007
Clever, calculated, 'responsible' filmmaking.
September 14, 2007
Worth watching for Foster's fiercely arresting performance.
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.
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