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Its lurid violence may put off some viewers, but Harry Brown is a vigilante thriller that carries an emotional as well as a physical punch, thanks to a gripping performance from Michael Caine in the title role. Read critic reviews

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A retired soldier and widower (Michael Caine) doles out his own brand of justice after young hoodlums murder his best friend.

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Michael Caine
Harry Brown
Raza Jaffrey
Father Bracken
Gary Young
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Matthew Brown
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Reno Antoniades
Executive Producer
Paul Brett
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Ruth Barrett
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Martin Phipps
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Martin Ruhe
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Critic Reviews for Harry Brown

All Critics (127) | Top Critics (54) | Fresh (80) | Rotten (47)

  • Harry Brown might just about have got by as a tongue-in-cheek popcorn romp, but by setting itself up as a virtual state-of-the-nation address it only draws attention to its own petty, embittered vacuity.

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    November 18, 2011 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • A lot to digest stylistically and narratively, but Harry Brown is developed in an ever-increasing, shock-inducing manner and is undeniably successful.

    August 13, 2010 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Caine, that master of gentle sadness, lets us know Harry immediately as a good man trying to get by -- and trying to understand what seems like madness.

    July 1, 2010 | Rating: 3/4
  • After a long run of baroquely plotted crime dramas like Layer Cake and Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, it's a little depressing to come across a vigilante drama whose sole twist is its protagonist's advanced age.

    June 10, 2010 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • It's simply the tale of a man who decides to do something and sticks to his guns, so to speak. That the man is played by Michael Caine is what makes it worthwhile.

    May 27, 2010 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Harry Brown

  • Feb 28, 2016
    There's been a few films like this before, Usually set in America and always ends up being just another action movie, This is set in London and is very believable, Michael Cane was brilliant and carries the film, It has some quite gruesome scenes and the film fires on all cylinders from the acting, The whole tone of the movie is done well, It's even emotional at times, It can be hard to imagine anyone Michael Canes age doing something like this but it works well and is different to other films like it, A very unappreciated film that maybe not for everyone but is very gripping from start to finish.
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  • Nov 26, 2012
    An ex-Marine becomes a vigilante in a crime-ridden estate. Michael Caine is a vulnerable badass and gives a strong performance in the lead role of this morose action film. But it is unfortunate that he is the sole highlight of this film. Emily Mortimer is about as believable as a cop as Charlton Heston was believable as a Mexican. There is not an ounce of toughness to her character, and her attempts at the "wise detective" trope fall flat. What is more, the story packs no surprises except for the improbable ones, and even these feel like a writer over-manipulating his plot. Overall, I like Michael Caine, but I can't like this film.
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  • Feb 06, 2012
    Caine's Harry Brown represents the vigilante in any individual caught in a neighbourhood with seemingly unreversable problems involving crime and drugs. Very much a metaphor for the generational clash in modern Britain.
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