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Harry Brown Reviews

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Hank Sartin
Time Out
November 18, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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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
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
June 10, 2010
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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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
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
May 21, 2010
On one side, it's all compellingly believable; on the other, it's simply incredible. We do our best to straddle the rift but, in the end, the gulf proves too wide, the contrast too great, and a tumbling movie takes us down with it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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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
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
May 14, 2010
In Gran Torino, Eastwood took on the moral issues that screenwriter Gary Young and first-time director Daniel Barber studiously avoid. It's the difference between riveting and repellent.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
May 14, 2010
Such familiarity can breed contempt among all but the most bloodthirsty, and it would in Harry Brown as well if not for Caine, who somehow breathes life into the most cardboard of characters.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
May 14, 2010
Michael Caine delivers a stunning performance in Harry Brown, a rancid little revenge fantasy that probably doesn't deserve him.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
May 13, 2010
Caine's impeccable performance gives the film unlikely stature. It's impossible to imagine the movie without him.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
May 13, 2010
Working itself into a lather of confrontation and conspiratorial hooey, Harry Brown ends in a cross fire of incredulity and cliché.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Calvin Wilson
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
May 13, 2010
When it comes to combining vulnerability and menace, nobody does it quite like Caine.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
May 12, 2010
Harry Brown is a mean and exceedingly well-made little B-picture, but the questions it raises are far too complex to answer with a gunshot.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
May 12, 2010
Harry Brown lets Michael Caine show us his action-hero side one more time in a film that Charles Bronson would have been proud to call his own.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
May 7, 2010
Caine acts dignified throughout, but there's no way to dignify dreck.
Full Review | Original Score: D-
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A.O. Scott
At the Movies
May 3, 2010
Here are these terrible social problems, these kids dealing drugs and disrespecting their elders. What are we going to do about it? Just blow their heads off.
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
April 30, 2010
Caine is magnificent as the title character, combining the sentiment of his more recent screen persona with the steely resolve he exhibited as an action hero in the 60s and 70s.
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
April 30, 2010
[Michael Caine] performs his nasty work with verve, not only because he's fired a lot of movie guns, but also because he brings the memory of his great roles to every part.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
April 30, 2010
It thankfully strips away the veneer of glamour that Guy Ritchie and his imitators have applied to British crime films over the last decade or so.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Mary F. Pols
TIME Magazine
April 30, 2010
Caine remains a sublimely enjoyable actor to watch. He's so smooth, even when he's playing rough, that he can convince you that you're watching something artistic rather than just a prettily rendered piece of peculiar formula...
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
April 30, 2010
While the vicarious excitement of seeing a citizen mete out rough justice can be decried, it can't be denied.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
April 30, 2010
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
April 30, 2010
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
April 29, 2010
It's a strong directing debut for Barber, who uses the poignant power of Harry's experience to take a universal cut at decaying communities and the poverty of soul as well as pocket.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
April 29, 2010
It's unnerving entertainment for those watching, steeped as it is in realistic-looking, senseless violence. But this portrait of the soldier as an old man is deeply moving.
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
April 29, 2010
Caine's weary, quietly towering performance as a lonely widower who does battle with local hooligans is a classic case of lipstick on a pig, obscuring the film's roots as simple-minded, reactionary swill of the Death Wish school.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
April 29, 2010
[Caine's] vigilante hell-raising might have seemed more thrilling if only it weren't so overly familiar and predictable.
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
April 29, 2010
Michael Caine makes not a single interpretive misstep in the British thriller Harry Brown. The tragedy is that the performance comes to nothing. Nearly everything else in the film is vile.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
April 29, 2010
Directed as a debut by Daniel Barber, it places story and character above manufactured "thrills" and works better. We are all so desperately weary of CGI that replaces drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
April 28, 2010
Part punk-drab British art-house portrait of underclass despair, part bloody vigilante pic, Harry Brown is shakily held together by industrial-strength sound design and the expertly employed theatrics of Michael Caine in the title role.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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David Fear
Time Out
April 28, 2010
We like our secondhand vengeance as sleazy and bloody as the next grindhouse fiend, but even an intentional throwback shouldn't feel content to coast on so much déjà vu.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
April 28, 2010
The ugly stuff in this movie is so over the top that sometimes you are forced to stifle a laugh, but the star always comes through.
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Ella Taylor
Village Voice
April 27, 2010
Director Daniel Barber's lame handwringing about the root causes of youthful alienation forms a thin veneer over the real purpose of this self-important piece of rubbish -- to hold us hostage to the director's bottomless appetite for spurious depravity.
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
April 26, 2010
Caine makes a grave, soulful vigilante avenger, and first-time director Daniel Barber gives the film a dank, streaky, genuinely unnerving palette.
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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
November 13, 2009
As narrative - and moral - maths go, this is a cooking of the books that sidesteps any smart commentary on real life.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5