Motherless Brooklyn

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Set against the backdrop of 1950s New York, "Motherless Brooklyn" follows Lionel Essrog (Edward Norton), a lonely private detective living with Tourette Syndrome, as he ventures to solve the murder of his mentor and only friend, Frank Minna (Bruce Willis). Armed only with a few clues and the engine of his obsessive mind, Lionel unravels closely-guarded secrets that hold the fate of the whole city in the balance. In a mystery that carries him from gin-soaked jazz clubs in Harlem to the hard-edged slums of Brooklyn and, finally, into the gilded halls of New York's power brokers, Lionel contends with thugs, corruption and the most dangerous man in the city to honor his friend and save the woman who might be his own salvation.


Critic Reviews for Motherless Brooklyn

All Critics (20) | Top Critics (6) | Fresh (13) | Rotten (7)

  • Whatever its flaws, it is a substantial and distinctive drama, unlike anything around in the cinema right now, although obviously like a lot of the gumshoe movies of yesteryear.

    Sep 12, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • "Motherless Brooklyn" takes its time getting to where it's going, and sometimes flies off the rails. But ultimately, it sticks its landing...

    Sep 9, 2019 | Full Review…

    Sasha Stone

    Top Critic
  • A meticulously, lovingly made mood piece, full of empathy for the ones who can't speak - at least not always the way they want to - for themselves.

    Sep 5, 2019 | Rating: B | Full Review…
  • For New York City, a jagged enigma in constant motion, it's a fitting salute.

    Sep 3, 2019 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

    Eric Kohn

    Top Critic
  • An overdone epic of socio-political venality with clear designs on being viewed as an East Coast Chinatown.

    Sep 1, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Asprawling, ambitious tale of murder, blackmail and corruption in mid-century New York to rival "Chinatown" in its complexity, if not necessarily that brain-bender's elegance or appeal...

    Aug 31, 2019 | Full Review…

    Peter Debruge

    Top Critic

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