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The Brother from Another Planet Reviews

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½ September 26, 2007
John Sayles takes a turn toward offbeat fantasy in The Brother from Another Planet, a vastly amusing but progressively erratic look at the Harlem adventures of an alien, a black E.T.
September 22, 2007
A witty, smart look at race and other matters. Joe Morton is a terrific actor.
September 20, 2007
Came across this one by accident , John Sayles directs this witty sci-fi allegory that's one of the funniest and smartest films of the 80's.
September 18, 2007
Awesome. Proves that acting transcends the lines spoken
September 16, 2007
Much better than E.T.!
September 16, 2007
An awesome indie scifi film that is extraordinary on its topics of race. Brilliant!
September 13, 2007
This sticks out in my memory as a good movie. Perhaps it is nostalgia.
½ September 9, 2007
John Sayles is a master craftsman. Recommended (and isn't it great to see Joe Morton get a regular gig with Eureka?)
September 8, 2007
If I were to start anywhere it would be here...
September 6, 2007
Was hopeing for a comedy. Instead it was a crapy early 80's PC movie.
½ September 5, 2007
A fairly good movie, a little slow moving, has some funny moments and lots of social commentary from the '80's. This movie isn't for everyone
½ September 5, 2007
Who would have thought that a movie about a mute alien could be so good? It was interesting and worth the watch. There are so many elements that get you thinking. Interplanetary race relations, contemporary American culture and how one overcomes the challenges of both without the ability to speak. Damn Joe Morton, you the man.
September 4, 2007
really quite beautiful. and fun. i wanna be the guy on the train who does the card trick!
September 3, 2007
The toenail scene is priceless.
½ September 3, 2007
I immediately thought this would be a blacksploitation film upon first glance, especially with a white male directing, writing, etc. Just goes to show you can't judge a book.. er movie, by its cover.

It turns out this movie was chock full of social commentary in a time when many domestic issues were overlooked by a neo-conservative President Reagan. Its arguably timeless, in comparison to current events regarding immigration.

Overlooking the low budget production, this one may be more interesting than one would imagine.

Was the idea for the movie Men in Black stolen from this?
½ September 2, 2007
Joe Morton is fantastic - telling his story without words but full of meaning. The danger with a film like this is the label of blaxploitation but the earnestness with which each scene unfolds undercuts any danger of that trap. Recommended!
½ August 31, 2007
One of John Sayles finer movies
½ August 29, 2007
This is a cult classic with no cult. It is at once a metaphor for racial interaction on Earth and a morality tale about life in the inner city. Fascinating.
August 21, 2007
sayles on a shoestring makes a race/class challenging comedy. brilliant
½ August 21, 2007
Surprisingly unterrible.
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