Motherless Brooklyn Reviews

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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.
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 9, 2019
The rest is a sluggish film noir pastiche (the setting of the novel has been inexplicably shifted from the late Nineties to the Fifties) that aims to emulate the jazzy intrigue of Chinatown, but delivers only clichés and screen-chewing vanity.
December 7, 2019
As it is, his passionate commitment to the story has resulted in the very definition of a vanity project.
December 6, 2019
There is a lot of cramming of a message with a very thin plot.
December 6, 2019
Motherless Brooklyn has all the elements to make a great crime drama, but it meanders its way into the meh.
December 6, 2019
unintentionally ridiculous vanity project for its writer, director and star Ed Norton
December 6, 2019
Its homage to film noir is over-the-top and borderline parodic -- at times, it's more Who Framed Roger Rabbit? than Chinatown.
December 4, 2019
A bloated, 145-minute crime flick with a gimmicky protagonist investigating a cliché-prone murder-and-corruption plot.
December 4, 2019
As a piece of storytelling Motherless Brooklyn just feels so lifeless, with any real sense of danger and excitement seeping out of the picture.
December 4, 2019
It's easy to understand why Motherless Brooklyn was a passion project for Norton, but it's unlikely any viewer will be as enthusiastic about watching it as he was about trying to make it for the last 20 years.
December 3, 2019
The laconic narration, predictable twists and corny dialogue all combine to weigh the film down, and convince you that Norton has just spread himself too thin here.
December 2, 2019
Fascinating though it is to see Norton continue Caro's work in scrutinising the legacy of one of Gotham's most influential and controversial figures, Norton's anti-capitalist message is undermined by his film's sentimental tendencies.
November 27, 2019
Motherless Brooklyn is like a new novel inspired by an old novel that, honestly, wasn't that inspiring in the first place.
November 22, 2019
I'll stop short at calling it embarrassing, but the line hovers mere inches away.
November 21, 2019
Utimately about nothing more than Norton's vision of himself as a visionary, so unfailingly determined to make this movie that, through sheer force of ego, he has done so, and subsumed it.
November 20, 2019
Norton offers up a mostly impenetrable narrative that's almost entirely lacking in an entry point...
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