Brute Force Reviews

March 31, 2009
Starring Burt Lancaster and cast against type Hume Cronyn, Dassin's first foray into noir is one of the bleakest and most powerful crime prison melodramas ever made, an existential chronicle that also serves as an allegory of American society at large
April 8, 2008
The escape sequence has the spatial intricacy of the heist in Dassin's Rififi, but the tone is tougher, bleaker, and more suspenseful.
April 8, 2008
First rate all the way.
April 8, 2008
Bristling, biting dialog by Richard Brooks paints broad cameos as each character takes shape under existing prison life.
April 26, 2007
The title says it all in Jules Dassin's bare-knuckle prison thriller, one of the most brutal films about caged men ever made.
June 24, 2006
This is one of Dassin's best films.
March 25, 2006
Producer Joan Harrison, who seems to have profited from a long association with Alfred Hitchcock, and Director Irving Pichel have created mounting suspense which comes to a distinctly surprising and explosive climax as the jury brings its verdict.
March 24, 2005
October 22, 2004
Outdated prison film.
May 24, 2003
Flashbacks are used to enable the injection of love interests, but the still claustrophobic action and escape attempt make for an explosive climax.