Motherless Brooklyn Reviews

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July 7, 2020
A genuine and elegant noir film that excels due to the endearing personality of the main character and excellent production design. [Full review in Spanish]
June 19, 2020
At a time when some politicians celebrate an idealized vision of 1950s white Americana as a way to justify discrimination, it follows that a 1950s film noir is an effective format for a social critique.
May 27, 2020
This beautifully crafted, deliciously compelling, chillingly atmospheric film noir is a fabulous showcase and reminder of the talented 50-year-old actor.
May 6, 2020
Although it's worth watching... the balance between the languid tone and its protagonist's stuttering is not sustained during the two and a half hours of footage. [Full review in Spanish]
May 1, 2020
Edward Norton's sincere, hyper-stylised approach is both lovingly old-fashioned and refreshingly modern, crafting an impressive and thoroughly riveting mystery.
March 18, 2020
When Norton set aside the lead role for himself he was 39. Today he is 50. If we're not overly conscious of his age that's because the character, Lionel Essrog, is one of literature's more unusual private detectives.
March 3, 2020
Edward Norton's drawn-out filming of Jonathan Lethem's 1999 novel has much to admire, but a bloated running time and some odd choices prevent it from being a proper neo noir masterpiece.
February 27, 2020
A collection of characters that feel misplaced in a movie whose genre is a mystery. [Full review in Spanish].
February 27, 2020
Tedious and way too long, this patchy period crime drama directed by and starring the usually impressive Edward Norton unspools like a by-the-numbers tele-movie.
February 27, 2020
... the narrative descends into retro boredom and, instead of something gripping and intellectually capable, you'll find occasional sincerity but few emotion.
February 26, 2020
If that sounds worthy, well-meaning and incredibly dull, I can only say that Norton makes it work, spinning it into a twisting narrative that, admittedly, does require your concentration.
February 25, 2020
The narrative and the characters are so interesting, and the whole riveting that Norton's immensely ambitious film succeeds as a compelling exercise in neo-film noir.
February 24, 2020
Every now and then a film comes along where the care and craft combine to give it an instantly recognisable solidity and watchability.
February 14, 2020
...a pointed, moody, meandering work that is often entertaining and quite biting.
January 28, 2020
If you are a fan of detective stories, Motherless Brooklyn should be right up your alley.
January 22, 2020
There is a good movie in Motherless Brooklyn buried under tons of plot. The moral of the story is that even labours of love need supervision to keep self-indulgence in check.
January 10, 2020
The neo-noir that Ed Norton gambled on didn't hit the mark but it's admirable that someone put out an old-style movie in a world of franchise hits and Oscar-bait entries.
December 19, 2019
A ponderous neo-noir that comes to life with rhythmic style thanks to some excellent performances and the discordant score
December 18, 2019
Norton and his team have excelled in crafting a movie that oozes atmosphere with its excellent depiction of New York during that era, from the busy streets and crumbling houses of Brooklyn's working class...
December 10, 2019
Motherless Brooklyn is a love-letter to the long-held focus across film noir on masculinity in crisis, but through Lethem's source material and Norton's deep engagement with it, something genuinely fresh explodes out of seemingly familiar material.
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