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Brother (Hermano) Reviews

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Matt Kelemen
Las Vegas CityLife
April 21, 2013
Hermano is part sports film, part neorealist drama and a fully successful debut feature from Venezuelan director Marcel Rasquín.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Rob Humanick
Slant Magazine
September 16, 2012
Venezuelan filmmaker Marcel Rasquin's Hermano is a well-meaning melodrama, equal parts heartfelt and contrived.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Todd Jorgenson
August 24, 2012
The story feels driven more by coincidence than authenticity, leading to an eye-rolling climax.
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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times
August 23, 2012
"Hermano" is well-trod acreage, but there's a vitality here that's easy to appreciate.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
August 23, 2012
The sports-as-savior theme is an old one, but this confident movie, alternately volatile and tender, coats its clichés in winningly natural performances and Enrique Aular's kinetic photography.
| Original Score: 3/5
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
August 23, 2012
An uneasy combination of good and bad, which earns a mild recommendation on the strength of the two lead performances and its success in capturing the desperate milieu of Caracas' teeming underclass.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Kerry Lengel
Arizona Republic
August 23, 2012
The over-the-top opening, which evokes baby Moses in the bulrushes, indicates grand ambitions, but unfortunately the gritty realism of Rasquin's cinematic style is just camouflage for another cliched sports flick.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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G. Allen Johnson
San Francisco Chronicle
August 23, 2012
Rasquin's cinema verite style brings power to the story, and he has coaxed some good performances out of his leads.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
August 23, 2012
Scoring goals in soccer is hard. Hermano earns its points too easily.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
August 23, 2012
The overwrought story unfolds awkwardly, with one ridiculously contrived act of violence in the middle, and it piles on both sports-drama and up-from-poverty clichés.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film
March 15, 2012
Rasquin and Jones avoid cliche to deliver an ending that hits home as hard as an unexpected football to the solar plexus.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Ron Wilkinson
Monsters and Critics
July 29, 2011
Good football action and an inside look at the Caracas barrios cannot save this film from a thin script and sport drama predictability.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Don Groves
May 9, 2011
Brotherly love put to the test in potent drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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