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Harry Brown Reviews

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Steve Newall
August 15, 2010
"[Caine] elevates this grim vigilante-fest from pretty darn good to essential viewing."
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Perri Nemiroff
August 13, 2010
A lot to digest stylistically and narratively, but Harry Brown is developed in an ever-increasing, shock-inducing manner and is undeniably successful.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Alison Gang
San Diego Union-Tribune
August 11, 2010
Although Caine lives up to expectations in this nicely crafted (though violent) film, the oversimplified story he's given to work with keeps it from the top of Caine's impressive filmography.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 18, 2010
Harry Brown is a more meditative take on garden variety exploitation, but its attraction lies in the same guilty pleasure centers of the brain that exult in a kind of movie violence that is the very opposite of senseless.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.9/10
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
July 1, 2010
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.
| Original Score: 3/4
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
July 1, 2010
A very good film -- albeit very violent and bloody -- and contains yet another splendid Michael Caine performance. I'm not complaining too much based on those grounds alone.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Mike Ward
June 18, 2010
Maybe Michael Caine just wanted to make his "death wish" before kickin' his "bucket list." Say what you wanna say, but I'd rather watch old-timers bust gums than tandem parachute with Morgan Freeman while John Mayer plays softly in the background.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Chris Foran
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
June 17, 2010
In the hands of a lesser actor, this would feel just as clichéd as it sounds. But Caine brings his smarts as well as his baggage to the character, making him more than another mad-as-hell guy with a gun.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jonathan Kiefer
Sacramento News & Review
June 17, 2010
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
James Verniere
Boston Herald
June 11, 2010
Forget those boring, ludicrously overpriced, would-be summer blockbusters and go see the art of vigilante-movie-making done to a fare-thee-well. Caine's Harry makes bad-boy Russell Crowe's Robin Hood look like a sissy.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix
June 9, 2010
This latest in the slumming mini-genre offers a couple of new wrinkles: Michael Caine and self-righteous, soul-satisfying vigilante justice.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Matt Soergel
Florida Times-Union
June 4, 2010
Full disclosure: I'd happily rewatch even my neighbor's vacation video from Dollywood if Caine were in it. And here, brooding, world-weary and emphysemic, he is, of course, magnificent.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
May 28, 2010
[A] poignantly observed portrait of the bitter loneliness of old age -- director Daniel Barber has a keen eye for making the isolation sneak up on you and sting...
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
May 27, 2010
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Paul Byrnes
Sydney Morning Herald
May 21, 2010
The film is dark, beautifully half-lit and as controlled as it needs to be so Caine can work his way deeper into the character. His performance is astonishing: Harry is stooped, no longer physically strong, but he has immense reserves.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jim Slotek
Jam! Movies
May 21, 2010
What substance Harry Brown has -- beyond selling fear and cynicism -- lies deep in the still-compelling eyes of Michael Caine.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Chris Bumbray
JoBlo's Movie Emporium
May 21, 2010
More DEATH WISH than GRAN TORINO, which isn't a bad thing. Caine is downright iconic!
Full Review | Original Score: 8.5/10
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
May 21, 2010
At heart, this is pure exploitation trash -- a pensioner 'Death Wish,' with a septuagenarian vigilante bumping off some of the most cartoonishly depraved scumbags since the heydays of Charles Bronson and Foxy Brown.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
May 20, 2010
The film ranks right up there with Sleuth, Get Carter and Mona Lisa as being amongst Caineâ(TM)s toughest and best performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Gavin Bond
Sunday Times (Australia)
May 17, 2010
Unlike most films of its dubious genre, Harry Brown avoids gratuitous gunplay and sensationalism and has a down-to-earth and fallible central character.
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