Motherless Brooklyn Reviews

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October 31, 2019
Manages to seem like a paint-by-numbers detective story even as it ambles through a byzantine narrative.
October 31, 2019
"Motherless Brooklyn" is done well enough that you wish it had struck out on its own path, rather than crib from Robert Towne and Roman Polanski. It's hard to forget it, but that's "Chinatown."
October 31, 2019
This is far from a perfect movie, but it's passionate, controlled and smart -- a throwback to another era of American cinema, not just American life.
October 31, 2019
"Motherless Brooklyn" is a very smart movie, bristling with ideas about history, politics, art and urban planning.
October 31, 2019
In filming Jonathan Lethem's novel about a New York gumshoe with Tourette syndrome, writer-producer-director-star Edward Norton shows a few signs of artistic struggle, but nonetheless delivers an ardent and ambitious triumph.
October 31, 2019
It's easily half an hour longer than it needs to be, and it's full of moments that don't go anywhere.
October 30, 2019
The precise attention given to the style of Motherless Brooklyn serves only to underscore the plot's mediocre execution.
October 30, 2019
"Motherless Brooklyn" is a gorgeous-looking, beautifully acted film noir with a richly detailed script and sensitive direction from its star.
October 30, 2019
A sturdy, wordy politically minded and wholly engaging whodunit.
October 29, 2019
This film is amazing, and not in a good way.
October 28, 2019
Handsome and largely unfussy, visually evoking the grayness of late-autumn New York chill, it's a dad movie for dads who might alternate detective novels with Robert Caro's The Power Broker.
September 16, 2019
At almost two and a half hours, "Motherless Brooklyn" could stand to be tightened up, but it's an engaging take on a genre that can fall easily into hacky cliches.
September 16, 2019
The film feels both rudderless and hollow from the jump.
September 13, 2019
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.
September 9, 2019
"Motherless Brooklyn" takes its time getting to where it's going, and sometimes flies off the rails. But ultimately, it sticks its landing...
September 5, 2019
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.
September 3, 2019
For New York City, a jagged enigma in constant motion, it's a fitting salute.
September 1, 2019
An overdone epic of socio-political venality with clear designs on being viewed as an East Coast Chinatown.
August 31, 2019
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...
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