Four Brothers

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Despite striking a believable rapport among its principal actors, Four Brothers overwhelms with ultra-violent, vigilante-glorifying action and devolves into too many fractured, insubstantial thematic directions.

52%

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Total Count: 134

80%

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User Ratings: 392,266
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Four men come together to find out how and why the woman who raised them was killed in this hard-edged urban drama from director John Singleton. Short-tempered Bobby (Mark Wahlberg), struggling musician Jack (Garrett Hedlund), streetwise Angel (Tyrese Gibson), and hard-working Jeremiah (Andre Benjamin) are four guys who don't appear to have much in common, in terms of either race or temperament. However, these men have one very important bond -- all four were adopted and raised by the same woman (Fionnula Flanagan), and they all love her as a mother, and respect one another as brothers. When their mother is killed during a robbery at a grocery store, the four brothers come together for the funeral, but when they don't get straight answers about what happened to her, they begin looking into the crime themselves. The deeper they dig into the case, the more the brothers begin to suspect that the shooting wasn't an accident, and that powerful and unexpected forces were involved. Four Brothers marked one of the first starring roles for Andre Benjamin, better known as Andre 3000 of the top selling hip-hop group OutKast. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

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Cast

Mark Wahlberg
as Bobby Mercer
Tyrese Gibson
as Angel Mercer
André Benjamin
as Jeremiah Mercer
Garrett Hedlund
as Jack Mercer
Terrence Howard
as Lt. Green
Josh Charles
as Det. Fowler
Fionnula Flanagan
as Evelyn Mercer
Chiwetel Ejiofor
as Victor Sweet
Taraji P. Henson
as Camille Mercer
Barry Shabaka Henley
as Councilman Douglas
Kenneth Welsh
as Robert Bradford
Tony Nappo
as Charlie
Shawn Singleton
as Victor Hoodlum
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Critic Reviews for Four Brothers

All Critics (134) | Top Critics (35)

  • Swiftly dissolves into a litany of brutally sadistic acts knotted together by a feeble whodunnit plot.

    Sep 18, 2005 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Neil Smith

    BBC.com
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  • Unremarkably schizophrenic -- half gritty sojourn into the inner-city furnace, half Hollywood brain death.

    Aug 16, 2005
  • Four Brothers is a violent, macho story with a perfect feel for the dynamics between four tough guys who will do anything for each other.

    Aug 15, 2005
  • As long as the action snaps and the violence feels (somewhat) righteous, there'll always be a place for movies such as Four Brothers -- on rainy Saturdays, on TNT.

    Aug 12, 2005 | Rating: 2/5
  • If Four Brothers spent half as much energy making us feel something for its heroes as it spent making us feel nothing for their victims, it would be a far better, and far more engaging, film.

    Aug 12, 2005 | Full Review…
  • Loud, stupid, unrealistic, overdone, without a thought in its ugly little head and kind of enjoyable.

    Aug 12, 2005 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Four Brothers

  • Jun 20, 2016
    Four adopted brothers come home to solve and avenge the killing of their mother. Andre Benjamin really surprised me in this one. I believe it was one of his first films as a true actor and he did great. This movie was very well written. The banter between the four actors playing the brothers seemed almost totally genuine like they actually had all grown up together. Very enjoyable. Definitely check this one out.
    Patrick W Super Reviewer
  • Jun 18, 2013
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  • Feb 14, 2013
    Bobby: Forget that, Green. I used to make a good living around here because cops like you couldn't find tits in a strip joint. "They came home to bury mom... and her killer." I have really mixed feelings about Four Brothers and my rating is a bit inflated based off of any normal things you evaluate a movie on. The acting was either extremely dull or over the top, despite the fact that I like most if not every one of the actors. Also the writing is a bit dumbed down to say the least and the characters, besides Bobby, aren't all that interesting. This is probably due to the dialogue they were given compared to Bobby's because Mark Wahlberg(although funny) didn't do anything all that great with his performance. The movie was entertaining and I did really like Wahlberg's character. It was interesting throughout, but also a lot of the interest and entertainment came from how poorly the film was put together. So yeah I have mixed feelings. Four brothers come back and plan to seek revenge for their mothers murder. Their mother was regarded as a saint, as she was a foster mother that gave kids direction. She adopted the "four brothers" because they were the ones she couldn't really turn around and she knew no one else would take them. Once again I have mixed feelings about the premise of the film. The revenge movie has kind of been done to death and I like the way this one kind of comes at a different angle, but for some reason the main premise, and the whole movie for that matter kind of feels thrown together. Four Brothers is worth a look, but it isn't a movie that you necessarily need to see. I had some problems with it, but it was some fun, stupid entertainment and every once in a while, movies in that fake sub-genre can be pleasing. This just happens to be one of those for me.
    Melvin W Super Reviewer
  • Aug 23, 2012
    Four Brothers is a violent, great movie, with all-entertaining action, great performances from its four leads, and a interesting story. The movie has some dark humor that I really loved and I laughed a lot at the humor, it really has that "vengeance" theme in the movie and its tragic moments are really tragic. Is it one of those violent-macho movie's ? yes, but is it above the macho-movie genre ? absolutely, so its a fun time if you like these revenge movies.
    Angel G Super Reviewer

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