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Brubaker Reviews

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Top Critic
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 23, 2004
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Christopher Null
January 1, 2000
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
March 9, 2010
It was hard to sit through two hours of such brutality and misery and say you enjoyed it.
Full Review | Original Score: C
James Plath
Movie Metropolis
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').
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
February 7, 2005
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
Michael Szymanski
International Press Academy
November 4, 2005
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
Cole Smithey
February 17, 2006
| Original Score: 4/5
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
August 8, 2002
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
August 9, 2002
A good, not great, movie that reps a solid, mid-career performance by Redford.
| Original Score: 3/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
May 21, 2003
Robert Redford puts in a stellar performance as a zealous prison reformer in this meditation on the ardor of idealism.
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
November 8, 2004
intense and a bit cliched
| Original Score: 3/5
Susan Granger
May 20, 2006
| Original Score: 4/5
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
August 9, 2003
| Original Score: 4/5
Mark Bourne
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.
Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily
October 8, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
January 1, 2000
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Cory Cheney
Urban Tulsa Weekly
May 14, 2003
| Original Score: 4/5
Jamie Gillies
Apollo Guide
March 1, 2004
Robert Redford, in a surprise acting tour de force, really stretches his style and mannerisms to become Henry Brubaker.
Full Review | Original Score: 75/100
Emanuel Levy
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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