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.

55%

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A hardened detective enters into a tenuous symbiotic relationship with the vicious serial killer she is tracking after earning the respect of the murderous madman in this vicious psychological thriller starring Demi Moore, Kevin Costner, and William Hurt. Earl Brooks (Costner) is a successful businessman, noted philanthropist, and loving father. He's the kind of man whom no one would ever suspect of being a notorious serial killer, but then again history's most dubious psychopaths are often the quiet neighbor whom no one would ever suspect was capable of committing such unspeakable atrocities. Until now, no one has had any reason to link Earl Brooks with the heinous crimes of the dreaded Thumbprint Killer. Even his beautiful wife (Marg Helgenbeger) and teenage daughter (Danielle Panabaker) could never conceive of such an awful truth. But when Mr. Brooks's dark side begins to outshine his sane exterior, an amateur photographer (Dane Cook) captures the killer succumbing to his murderous instinct on film. Now, as Mr. Brooks is pursued by tenacious detective Tracy Atwood (Moore) and forced to bend to the will of an opportunistic bystander, the killer who was once able to keep his murderous alter ego (Hurt) in check finds his control steadily slipping.

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Cast

Kevin Costner
as Earl Brooks
Demi Moore
as Det. Tracy Atwood
Dane Cook
as Mr. Smith
Marg Helgenberger
as Emma Brooks
William Hurt
as Marshall
Danielle Panabaker
as Jane Brooks
Aisha Hinds
as Nancy Hart
Lindsay Crouse
as Captain Lister
Jason Lewis
as Jesse Vialo
Reiko Aylesworth
as Jesse's Lawyer
Matt Schulze
as Thorton Meeks
Michael Cole
as Atwood's Lawyer
Jim Farnum
as Master of Ceremonies
Kit Gwin
as Det. Carfagno
Marcus Hester
as Det. Smolny
Jamie McShane
as Crime Lab Technician
Laura Bailey
as Flight Attendant
Jon Paul Burkhart
as Flight Attendant
Matthew Posey
as AA Leader
Brandon Olive
as Summons Server
Ben Glass
as ER Doctor
Kanin J. Howell
as Pick-Up Driver
Mark Scarboro
as Detective
David Gibbons
as Box Plant Manager
Jasa Abreo
as On Plane Flight Attendant
Rommel Sulit
as Japanese Client
Phillip DeVona
as Police Officer
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Critic Reviews for Mr. Brooks

All Critics (159) | Top Critics (44)

  • 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.

    Apr 7, 2008 | Full Review…

    David Ansen

    Newsweek
    Top Critic
  • If you can stomach the psychological codswallop of a serial killer keeping the demons at bay via Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, it may well be possible to enjoy this taut-ish thriller.

    Oct 12, 2007 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Cath Clarke

    Guardian
    Top Critic
  • This wannabe highbrow horror-thriller is a graceless, unfocused piece of work with a central narrative as tonally schizophrenic and wayward as its lead.

    Jun 23, 2007 | Rating: 2/6 | Full Review…

    David Jenkins

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • Mr. Brooks spins a web that will wrap you up in nightmares.

    Jun 15, 2007 | Rating: 3/4
  • The movie is so well made, and so compelling as a portrait of a man at war with himself, that, right up until the end, many people will probably be entertained by its intricately preposterous story.

    Jun 4, 2007 | Full Review…

    David Denby

    New Yorker
    Top Critic
  • [Director] Evans keeps flirting with a potentially rich idea only to surround it with indigestible amounts of silliness.

    Jun 2, 2007 | Rating: 2/6 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Mr. Brooks

It's enjoyable, but nothing to taxing to watch.

Film Crazy
Film Crazy

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½

 

Daniel J DeMersseman
Daniel J DeMersseman

Super Reviewer

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. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

½

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