Brubaker Reviews

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March 4, 2019
It's interesting to note that Brubaker, before it devotes itself entirely to the protagonist's exploits, boasts a first act revolving around the happenings within the central penitentiary...
March 4, 2019
Brubaker is a grim, often powerful prison movie based on the true story of convict torture and mass murder in a Southern penitentiary.
April 28, 2018
Brubaker is a dramatic movie with a social conscience and a welcome change from the primarily fluffy-headed film fare of the summer of 1980.
October 17, 2017
... a vivid, entertaining and shamelessly manipulative "crusading" melodrama about the impact of a reform warden on a barbarous penal institution.
June 9, 2013
The first half-hour is powerful stuff, but after Brubaker reveals his true identity, the movie begins to falter, with the one-dimensional nature of the characters (particularly the warden himself) eventually stripping the story of any dramatic charge.
May 15, 2013
I never felt that I was wasting my time watching 'Brubaker,' only that it could have been a more dramatic and taut prison movie-which is odd, because it's directed by Stuart Rosenberg ('Cool Hand Luke').
June 12, 2012
Inspired by fact, this politically conscious prison drama is well written (script was Oscar nominated), but only decently acted by Redford, who might not have been the right choice.
March 9, 2010
It was hard to sit through two hours of such brutality and misery and say you enjoyed it.
May 20, 2006
April 8, 2006
Redford is the main attraction, obviously, even though his princely good looks -- like the movie's 'idealistic crusader against the Establishment' earnestness -- are almost too much of a good thing.
February 17, 2006
November 4, 2005
October 8, 2005
February 7, 2005
November 8, 2004
intense and a bit cliched
October 23, 2004
March 1, 2004
Robert Redford, in a surprise acting tour de force, really stretches his style and mannerisms to become Henry Brubaker.
August 9, 2003
May 21, 2003
Robert Redford puts in a stellar performance as a zealous prison reformer in this meditation on the ardor of idealism.
May 14, 2003
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