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Brick Reviews

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August 18, 2006
Un thriller élaboré avec une vigueur et un savoir faire indéniable dont on doute par contre de la crédibilité à quelques reprises
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
August 5, 2006
The genre itself is one of my favourites, but I am uninvolved and unmoved by Brick; it's like a teenager dressed in dad's overcoat.
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette
July 27, 2006
Johnson has mixed together 1940s-style slang and his own jargon to create a lively, imaginative script that keeps the viewer guessing. Hammett would certainly have been pleased...
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
July 20, 2006
It's a fun, involving concept, but it tends to weaken the more you think about it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
June 30, 2006
What's most impressive here isn't the conceit of the premise but the economy of the direction, as when Johnson uses a few simple shots and an off-camera clanging-metal sound effect to cause us to feel the pain of a thug crashing head-first into a pole...
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Top Critic
Ben Walters
Time Out
June 24, 2006
The self-consciously mannered rat-a-tat-tat dialogue also mines a neat overlap between teen slang and noir patois, both of which can be indecipherable to non-initiates.
Tim Cogshell
Boxoffice Magazine
June 24, 2006
While Brick is chock-full of the characters, language and imagery of classic noir, it is in fact set among contemporary teenagers. It's a gimmick, but it's a damn fine gimmick.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Eric Melin
Scene-Stealers.com
June 6, 2006
While it looks to the past for inspiration, Brick is very much a post-modern film of today.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
David Edwards
Daily Mirror (UK)
June 3, 2006
After discovering his girlfriend has been murdered, a high school geek attempts to unravel the mystery in what may be the best teen movie you've ever seen.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
David Frese
Kansas City Star
June 1, 2006
More than a novelty and it's occasionally mesmerizing, but without the affectation of dialogue, it hardly rises above after-school special.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Mark Pfeiffer
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
June 1, 2006
Johnson's sources of inspiration for Brick put forth tough dicks and dames in a cold, uncaring universe. Glum teens are a clever and natural evolution for the genre.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Jack Garner
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
May 26, 2006
Oddly entertaining, and fascinating in its pure audacity and wit.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Joe Utichi
FilmFocus
May 20, 2006
This year's Donnie Darko? Brick is in a class of its own, showing neither a hint of pretension nor convolution.
| Original Score: 4/5
May 16, 2006
Even with its shortcomings, Brick provides solid thrills for film noir fans.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
May 13, 2006
Bizarre and ingenious neo-noir from US writer-director Rian Johnson.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
May 12, 2006
Like the best noirs, Brick is a triumph of attitude, and there's no arguing that its brand of deadpan cool is precisely unique.
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
May 12, 2006
In the wrong hands this material could have gone awry. But screenwriter/director Rian Johnson's first feature never takes the easy way out.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Damon Wise
Empire Magazine
May 12, 2006
A smart, original neo-noir that works as an ingenious mindgame as well as a slick Hollywood calling card.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jonathan Kiefer
Sacramento News & Review
May 12, 2006
The movie's ambience, most apparent in its slangy hardboiled banter, is unprecedented and invigorating.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
May 12, 2006
It's great to see Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Mysterious Skin) in the juicy role of a high-school gumshoe on the trail of his estranged girlfriend's killers.
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