Mr. Brooks 2007

Mr. Brooks

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The setup is intriguing, but Mr. Brooks overstuffs itself with twists and subplots, becoming more preposterous as it goes along.

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Well-respected businessman Earl Brooks (Kevin Costner) has a secret: Beneath his family-man facade lurks a murderous alter-ego named Marshall (William Hurt). Brooks struggles with his addiction to killing, but Marshall enjoys his grisly hobby too much to let go. Finally, Brooks resolves to commit one final murder, but a voyeur (Dane Cook) witnesses it and blackmails him to continue. With a detective (Demi Moore) hot on his trail, Brooks/Marshall must spin an increasingly elaborate web.

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Critic Reviews for Mr. Brooks

All Critics (160) | Top Critics (49) | Fresh (88) | Rotten (72)

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    November 16, 2011 | Rating: 2/5
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    November 16, 2011 | Rating: 2/5

    David Fear

    Time Out
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  • The good news: there are many twists, turns, subplots and surprises that the coming attractions don't even hint at. The bad news: these twists and turns are so preposterous, or so irrelevant, that they undermine the movie they're meant to tart up.

    April 7, 2008 | Full Review…

    David Ansen

    Newsweek
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  • Costner gives a nicely underplayed performance and the film is well enough made to be watchable, if only to find out what enormity will be perpetrated next, and by whom.

    October 12, 2007 | Rating: 2/5
  • Costner's double-act with Hurt is a wicked pleasure, like The Odd Couple with a psychopathic twist.

    October 12, 2007 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Kevin Costner as a schizophrenic serial killer? Demi Moore as a hardboiled police detective? No, we don't think so.

    October 12, 2007 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Mr. Brooks

  • Feb 15, 2016
    Kevin Costner as an uber-analytical serial killer (with William Hurt as his visible/audible subconscious, a riot) versus an angry feminist detective Demi Moore. Loved every frame of this, from the first to the last.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Oct 27, 2013
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  • Oct 21, 2012
    One of the best psychological thrillers in years. You either love it or hate it. I loved it to bits, it's not like any of the other psychological thrillers. A serial killer who hasn't been activated for years decided to start his killing spree again, at the same time, playing cat and mouse with a detective who has been chasing the serial killer for years. All hell break loose when the serial killer made a mistake in his most recent killing. If the little sub-plots can be erased then the film would much more enjoyable to watch. (Seriously, i don't care about Moore's divorce in the film) The casting was perfect for the film, everyone stood out, especially Moore.
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer
  • Dec 27, 2011
    The movie does not waste time and dives right into the mind of a man whose alter ego forces him to kill random people. Most of the time that alter ego sits right behind or next to him. That feels a little odd at first but soon works pretty well actually, mostly thanks to Kevin Costner as Mr. Brooks and William Hurt as dark angel on his shoulder having a great chemistry together. The film's problem is detective Demi Moore, whose character is quite the stereotype and whose storyline includes the majority of the film's plot holes. The movie still manages to avoid the genre's most predictable paths and entertains quite well. Some plot threads lead nowhere, but when the film reaches its final chapter you're still wondering how they're going to solve this and of course you're on Costner's side, even when he is playing a psychotic killer. With every plot twist of the last 15 minutes my final judgement of the film went up and down, but thankfully it stayed on top in the very end, because the last but one was dumb as shit. But as it is: Not bad at all.
    Jens S Super Reviewer

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