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Mr. Brooks Reviews

November 16, 2011
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
November 16, 2011
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
June 23, 2007
This wannabe highbrow horror-thriller is a graceless, unfocused piece of work with a central narrative as tonally schizophrenic and wayward as its lead.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/6
June 15, 2007
Mr. Brooks spins a web that will wrap you up in nightmares.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
June 4, 2007
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.
June 2, 2007
[Director] Evans keeps flirting with a potentially rich idea only to surround it with indigestible amounts of silliness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/6
June 1, 2007
Quite a few plot lines and character quandaries remain unresolved. And yet the movie makes sense as it stands. After all, one can never know what makes a psychopath tick.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
June 1, 2007
Certainly more genuinely creepy than many recent thrillers, and the supporting cast is effective.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
June 1, 2007
You know you're in real trouble when Demi Moore's playing the most sympathetic character you have.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
June 1, 2007
Please don't tell me it was supposed to be played for laughs all along, because I don't buy it. Too late to save it from doom, the twists and snafus in Mr. Brooks start coming too fast for the audience to absorb, and the movie turns delusional.
June 1, 2007
In Mr. Brooks, Bruce A. Evans' fitfully subversive approach to the genre, we get a few fresh takes on the psychology of serial killing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
June 1, 2007
Totally absurd and equally entertaining.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 1, 2007
The film emerges as a subtle commentary on a disquieting aspect of our current culture -- a commentary on the nature of a masturbatory voyeurism and how it fosters heartlessness by turning other people into objects.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 1, 2007
The kind of movie that rockets so far beyond the line of credibility and so deeply into the realm of utter stupidity, you start to wonder if the filmmakers aren't putting you on.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
June 1, 2007
I count a baker's dozen of movie plots here, a tally so impressive that the qualifier -- all of them are inane -- seems almost ungenerous.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
June 1, 2007
Far-fetched, flimsy and uninvolving.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
June 1, 2007
What starts out as a delightful black comedy and social commentary ends up, at best, as a guilty pleasure where I had a hard time sorting out the intentional from the unintentional laughs.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
June 1, 2007
Costner seems to be having some fun playing the respectable guy with an evil secret, but [director] Evans' murky storytelling just weighs him down. Cook has all the charisma of a misshapen mud pie.
June 1, 2007
Mr. Brooks has more tonal shifts than a Philip Glass concert, never deciding if it's a thriller, a noir, a comedy or a farce.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
June 1, 2007
A classic guilty pleasure -- a great-looking, weirdly compelling thriller with two pedal-flooring performances from Costner and William Hurt.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
June 1, 2007
A fertile example of the Studio Film Gone Berserk, where too many characters and too many story lines geometrically progress until a level of blissful absurdity is reached.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
June 1, 2007
If it is not as sadistic as the Saw and Hostel movies, it is as malignant in its insistence on the omnipresence of evil.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/5
May 31, 2007
The film probably tilts the balance too far in favor of Mr. Brooks at the expense of the uninspired Det. Atwood.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
May 31, 2007
[Costner] gives one of the best performances of his career.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
May 31, 2007
Mr. Brooks manages to be deeply loathsome -- no small feat for a film that's shallowly amateurish.
May 31, 2007
Mr. Brooks is driven more by its characters than its plot. And several of those characters are fascinating.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
May 31, 2007
Mr. Brooks is a killer.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
May 31, 2007
It would be nice to report that Costner's bid paid off but Mr. Brooks, aside from the low-key menace he exudes, isn't much.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
May 31, 2007
Intriguing but inept.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
May 31, 2007
Here are two things to know about Mr. Brooks going in: 1) Demi Moore plays a millionaire cop, and 2) that's one of the less ludicrous elements.
Read More | Original Score: C
May 31, 2007
What compels isn't the overwrought plot, but the simpler things, the dynamics between the actors, the avuncularity between old pros Costner and Hurt and the class condescension between Costner and Cook. It has a fascinatin' rhythm.
May 31, 2007
Slickly shot, coolly edited, oozing dark, deadpan humor, Mr. Brooks finds Costner at the top of his game. His moves are subtle, his expressions flat, his emotions clamped down, contained.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 31, 2007
This is one of those slick, violent, ridiculous Hollywood jobs that make little sense as a story, a comment on life, or a depiction of characters, but are moderately enjoyable in their spinning of movie conventions.
May 31, 2007
If you broke down Mr. Brooks in terms of structure, twists and momentum, you might give it high marks. The thing does move. To where is the problem.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
May 31, 2007
The movie has the air of a project that kicked around Hollywood for years earning periodic praise from bleary-eyed script readers duped by its labored quirkiness and from former matinee idols eager to reinvent themselves as brooding method actors.
May 31, 2007
Mr. Brooks begins promisingly, but it grows steadily more preposterous as it goes along, becoming the first feel-good serial-killer movie.
Full Review | Original Score: C
May 30, 2007
When your best character is a serial killer's imaginary friend, you know your movie's in trouble.
May 30, 2007
It should provide discriminating audiences the antidote they seek to Clooneys-and-Caribbean fever, while giving Costner's career a considerable kick in the credibility department.
May 30, 2007
Mr. Brooks is a curious mix of the campy and the intelligent, of high concept and low psychology. In spite of these contradictions, or perhaps because of them, it works.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 30, 2007
Overdesigned characters and situations stretch plausibility at every turn.
May 29, 2007
Bloody disappointing.
May 29, 2007
If our movies are any guide, we're a nation of latent serial killers.