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Four Brothers Reviews

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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
October 7, 2006
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Time Out
February 9, 2006
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AV Club
September 26, 2005
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
August 20, 2005
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
August 16, 2005
Unremarkably schizophrenic -- half gritty sojourn into the inner-city furnace, half Hollywood brain death.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
August 15, 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.
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
August 12, 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.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
August 12, 2005
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.
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
August 12, 2005
Loud, stupid, unrealistic, overdone, without a thought in its ugly little head and kind of enjoyable.
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Mike Clark
USA Today
August 12, 2005
The sometimes absurd Brothers works only on a larger-than-life level. But on that level, the zest is back.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
August 12, 2005
Most distressing, however, isn't the movie's high tide of bogus gangsta posturing, but its genuinely idiotic and irresponsible glorification of precisely the attitudes that Boyz n the Hood once depicted as vapid, self-replicating and suicidal.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Ted Fry
Seattle Times
August 12, 2005
For a movie that's all over the map, Four Brothers is surprisingly grounded in spite of its sometimes-schizophrenic scenario.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
August 12, 2005
A solidly built, yet forgettable revenge action movie that is notable mostly for its outstanding young cast.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
August 12, 2005
What holds us are the actors, including Terrence Howard as a cop who grew up with the brothers.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
August 12, 2005
Easily the best 1975 B-movie made in 2005, Four Brothers is a raucously entertaining vigilante film.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
August 12, 2005
[Singleton's] sloppiest, laziest movie to date, springing to life in fits and starts, risibly mawkish and occasionally gripping, and often feeling like it was made up on the set.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
August 12, 2005
Four Brothers takes some pains to add an emotional overlay to the proceedings, to connect, albeit roughly, with the notion that a character's humanity can be part of the on-screen equation.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
August 12, 2005
As a vivid, bloody piece of escapist gimmickry, it works.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jason Anderson
Globe and Mail
August 12, 2005
All that's missing from Four Brothers' battery of macho clichés is a speedboat chase, a role for Carl Weathers and a villain with a pet cobra.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
August 12, 2005
Ridiculously violent, crude, homophobic, brash and often plain absurd.
| Original Score: C
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
August 12, 2005
Add a script that teeters precariously between vengeance, poignancy and comedy, and Four Brothers starts to look like four movies.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
August 12, 2005
Despite random bursts of ambition, Four Brothers ultimately feels like a genre movie, only without as much satisfying payoff as we might like.
| Original Score: C+
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
August 12, 2005
The fatal flaw of John Singleton's latest and most mainstream offering is an off-the-rails narrative that adds up to one giant 'Huh?'
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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August 12, 2005
The main reason this films works so well is that Singleton has assembled an excellent cast to play the brothers.
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
August 12, 2005
Singleton, whose feature film career got off to a terrific start with Boyz N the Hood (1991), delivers this proficiently made factory job with some snap.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
August 12, 2005
Brothers is a faux-low-budget revenge thriller, pure and simple. There's nothing special about it, and that's what's refreshing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
August 12, 2005
Making sense isn't a top priority for Four Brothers.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
August 12, 2005
Four Brothers has an elaborate plot, whose elements are unsatisfactorily pieced together between action sequences.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
August 12, 2005
It's entertaining, in an unabashedly cheesy, proudly retro sort of way.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
August 12, 2005
Moment to moment, the mood flips from crime drama to weird high jinks; the boys spend so much time wearing their mother's clothing and playfully accusing each other of being gay that it's not clear they really care about solving the mystery.
| Original Score: 0.5/4
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
August 12, 2005
If you can overcome the graphic nature of its casual violence, it is a lot of fun.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Scott Von Doviak
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
August 12, 2005
Low down, high-energy pulp entertainment.
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
August 11, 2005
An unsavory and unsatisfying blend of bone-splintering sadism and doofus slapstick comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
August 11, 2005
Four Brothers is several movies in one slick, stressed vehicle, its hard-grinding gears meshing with infectious gusto and rough-and-tumble vigor.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
August 11, 2005
[Four Brothers] connects with underlying moral currents in the way Westerns used to, back before greed, fear, anger and 'society' provided action movies with all the motivation they needed.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
August 11, 2005
It's a finely tuned Motor City engine.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
August 11, 2005
Rough-and-tumble and sometimes raucously funny, Four Brothers can't decide if it wants to be a bloody revenge movie or a heartwarming family piece, so it settles on being a bit of both and the heck with smooth transitions.
| Original Score: B
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Joe Leydon
Variety
August 10, 2005
When Singleton kicks out the jams during the hard-core rough stuff ... helmer delivers the goods with edgy kinetic flair.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
August 10, 2005
As an absurd riff on baadasssss gangsta movies, Four Brothers has an undeniable visceral kick.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
August 10, 2005
Why is Four Brothers so cheesy? Why does it look like junk? Why are the lines so oafish, the scenes so sloppily pasted together, and the characters so false?
Full Review | Original Score: D