Brothers Reviews

  • Brothers isn't badly acted, but as directed by the increasingly impersonal Jim Sheridan, it's lumbering and heavy-handed, a film that piles on overwrought dramatic twists until it begins to creak under the weight of its presumed significance.

    Owen Gleiberman — Entertainment Weekly

  • Brothers itself -- a smart, well-meaning project -- never quite pulls itself together.

    A.O. Scott — New York Times

  • Like mainstream Hollywood with a weird dollop of painful arthouse drama.

    Peter Bradshaw — Guardian [UK]

  • Sheridan is a consistently agile storyteller, drawing strong performances from even the youngest actors.

    Claudia Puig — USA Today

  • Is it a movie you'll enjoy? Not enjoy, so much as appreciate. Or maybe recognize.

    Michael O'Sullivan — Washington Post

  • This is a corny tale, told with both generous helpings of deli-sliced cheese and a brief stretch of chilling tumultuousness.

    Wesley Morris — Boston Globe

  • [Sheridan] aims for Greek tragedy but ends up with a PTSD melodrama.

    Melissa Anderson — Village Voice

  • Brothers tries to delve into how war can tear families apart, but only succeeds in showing how miscasting and melodrama obscure good intentions.

    Joe Neumaier — New York Daily News

  • Brothers never fully earns the right to exploit Sam's crucible in Afghanistan and the angry anguish it brings about.

    Lisa Kennedy — Denver Post

  • Brothers -- an Americanized re-make of Danish director Susanne Bier's 2004 film "Brodre" -- revolves around the Afghan War but also keeps its distance, a balancing act that winds up looking more wobbly than elegant.

    James Rocchi — MSN Movies

  • Sheridan pulls you so deep into Brothers so fast that there isn't time for the alarm bell to go off that says: "Warning! Another Traumatized-Vet Movie!" You never catch Sheridan or Benioff grandstanding, only observing.

    David Edelstein — New York Magazine

  • Brothers, the new home-from-the-war film, written by David Benioff and directed by Jim Sheridan, has been made with obvious devotion and sincerity, and I wish I could take it seriously.

    David Denby — New Yorker

  • This becomes Tobey Maguire's film to dominate, and I've never seen these dark depths in him before. Actors possess a great gift to surprise us, if they find the right material in their hands.

    Roger Ebert — Chicago Sun-Times

  • It's easy to overlook a drama like Brothers, with its plain-spoken title and stern subject matter. Don't. The film is gripping---an honorable and beautifully acted addition to the tradition of homefront war stories.

    Michael Phillips — Chicago Tribune

  • Bier's film succeeded on the merits of its actors, and this one offers fine performances by Portman and Gyllenhaal, but Maguire doesn't cut the mustard.

    J. R. Jones — Chicago Reader

  • Brothers is a heartbreaking film that speaks to the lifelong aftershocks of war, and to the powerful bonds of family and of love.

    Steven Rea — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • The film packs a wallop. Too bad about the missteps. It could've been a knockout.

    Colin Covert — Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • Sheridan and Maguire orchestrate things perfectly here, running a line of tension through the film that explodes at the end, just as it should.

    Tom Long — Detroit News

  • Brothers is a powerful statement on loyalty, love and the cost of war.

    Bill Goodykoontz — Arizona Republic

  • A soap opera ensues with more cliches than one movie can survive.

    Rex Reed — New York Observer

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