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Four Brothers Reviews

August 16, 2005
Unremarkably schizophrenic -- half gritty sojourn into the inner-city furnace, half Hollywood brain death.
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.
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
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.
August 12, 2005
Loud, stupid, unrealistic, overdone, without a thought in its ugly little head and kind of enjoyable.
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
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
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
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
August 12, 2005
What holds us are the actors, including Terrence Howard as a cop who grew up with the brothers.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
August 12, 2005
Easily the best 1975 B-movie made in 2005, Four Brothers is a raucously entertaining vigilante film.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
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
August 12, 2005
As a vivid, bloody piece of escapist gimmickry, it works.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
August 12, 2005
Ridiculously violent, crude, homophobic, brash and often plain absurd.
Read More | Original Score: C
August 12, 2005
Add a script that teeters precariously between vengeance, poignancy and comedy, and Four Brothers starts to look like four movies.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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.
Read More | Original Score: C+
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+
August 12, 2005
The main reason this films works so well is that Singleton has assembled an excellent cast to play the brothers.
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
August 12, 2005
Making sense isn't a top priority for Four Brothers.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
August 12, 2005
Four Brothers has an elaborate plot, whose elements are unsatisfactorily pieced together between action sequences.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
August 12, 2005
It's entertaining, in an unabashedly cheesy, proudly retro sort of way.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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.
Read More | Original Score: 0.5/4
August 12, 2005
If you can overcome the graphic nature of its casual violence, it is a lot of fun.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
August 12, 2005
Low down, high-energy pulp entertainment.
August 11, 2005
An unsavory and unsatisfying blend of bone-splintering sadism and doofus slapstick comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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
August 11, 2005
It's a finely tuned Motor City engine.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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.
Read More | Original Score: B
August 10, 2005
When Singleton kicks out the jams during the hard-core rough stuff ... helmer delivers the goods with edgy kinetic flair.
August 10, 2005
As an absurd riff on baadasssss gangsta movies, Four Brothers has an undeniable visceral kick.
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