Mr. Brooks begins promisingly, but it grows steadily more preposterous as it goes along, becoming the first feel-good serial-killer movie.
Owen Gleiberman - Entertainment Weekly
If it is not as sadistic as the Saw and Hostel movies, it is as malignant in its insistence on the omnipresence of evil.
Stephen Holden - New York Times
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.
Cath Clarke - Guardian [UK]
Far-fetched, flimsy and uninvolving.
Claudia Puig - USA Today
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.
Stephen Hunter - Washington Post
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.
Ty Burr - Boston Globe
Robert Wilonsky - Village Voice
Totally absurd and equally entertaining.
Jack Mathews - New York Daily News
Mr. Brooks manages to be deeply loathsome -- no small feat for a film that's shallowly amateurish.
Joe Morgenstern - Wall Street Journal
In Mr. Brooks, Bruce A. Evans' fitfully subversive approach to the genre, we get a few fresh takes on the psychology of serial killing.
Amy Biancolli - Houston Chronicle
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.
Michael Booth - Denver Post
If our movies are any guide, we're a nation of latent serial killers.
David Edelstein - New York Magazine
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.
David Denby - New Yorker
A classic guilty pleasure -- a great-looking, weirdly compelling thriller with two pedal-flooring performances from Costner and William Hurt.
Richard Roeper - Chicago Sun-Times
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.
Mark Caro - Chicago Tribune
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.
Jonathan Rosenbaum - Chicago Reader
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.
Steven Rea - Philadelphia Inquirer
Mr. Brooks is driven more by its characters than its plot. And several of those characters are fascinating.
Jeff Strickler - Minneapolis Star Tribune
Mr. Brooks is a killer.
Tom Long - Detroit News
[Costner] gives one of the best performances of his career.
Bill Muller - Arizona Republic
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.
Rex Reed - New York Observer
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.
John Anderson - Variety
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.
Lou Lumenick - New York Post
Intriguing but inept.
Roger Moore - Orlando Sentinel
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.
Susan Walker - Toronto Star
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.
Rick Groen - Globe and Mail
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.
Stephanie Zacharek - Salon.com
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.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
Overdesigned characters and situations stretch plausibility at every turn.
Kirk Honeycutt - Hollywood Reporter
When your best character is a serial killer's imaginary friend, you know your movie's in trouble.
David Germain - Associated Press
Mr. Brooks spins a web that will wrap you up in nightmares.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
The film probably tilts the balance too far in favor of Mr. Brooks at the expense of the uninspired Det. Atwood.
Kevin Crust - Los Angeles Times
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David Ansen - Newsweek
A dinamica entre Hurt e Costner carrega Instinto Secreto: exibindo uma imensa quimica em suas cenas, os dois atores estabelecem um sentimento misto de tensao e camaradagem entre seus personagens.
Pablo Villaca - Cinema em Cena
The audience is apt to forget its own vicarious indulgence in some fairly perverse, psychologically unhinged acted out fantasy, as Kevin Costner masterminds erotically tinged guilty pleasures.
Prairie Miller - International News Service
There's plenty to recommend this old-fashioned serial-killer flick.
Wendy Ide - Times [UK]
It does keep you guessing until the end, but Mr Brooks turns out to be Mr Average after all.
Dean Essner - Sun Online
There's enough ambition for a miniseries here, and satellite viewers already have the rather terrific Dexter. Stuffed into two hours, it's all a bit of a pile-up.
Tim Robey - Daily Telegraph
Costner's double-act with Hurt is a wicked pleasure, like The Odd Couple with a psychopathic twist.
Anthony Quinn - Independent
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.
Derek Malcolm - This is London
Kevin Costner as a schizophrenic serial killer? Demi Moore as a hardboiled police detective? No, we don't think so.
Nigel Andrews - Financial Times
With a terrific cast and a superb script, this is a hugely enjoyable suspense thriller of the sort that they really don't make anymore.
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
Although flawed, this remains a blackly funny noir treat thanks to Costner and Hurt's double-act.
Andrew Male - Empire Magazine
Despite numerous cutesy twists, it's the gradual unveiling of a warped morality that lures you into Brooks' world.
Stella Papamichael - BBC
A meticulous killer with family issues; a cop with problems of her own; secondary murderers on the loose; a plot with unexplored depths - this could have been a decent TV series.
Elliott Noble - Sky Movies
Everyone involved takes this tat seriously except William Hurt, who goes gung-ho as the alter-ego goading Brooks' kill frenzies. If only they'd cut out the middle-Kev and cast Hurt instead...
Kevin Harley - Total Film
Mr Brooks is a new spin on murder-by-numbers: one fascinating character, two outstanding performances, and subplots too numerous for the film's coherence or the viewer's sanity.
Anton Bitel - Film4
Hubiera sido una estupenda comedia negra si no fuera que el director Bruce A. Evans se tomo el asunto en serio. Firme candidata a la peor pelicula del ano.
Enrique Buchichio - Uruguay Total
Dean Essner - Sydney Morning Herald
There's more to every character than meets the eye and all the relationships have a twist
Urban Cinefile Critics - Urban Cinefile
Twisty and seductive, this classy dramatic thriller has so much going on that we almost forget we're watching a trashy potboiler.
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall
Dean Essner - St. Louis Post-Dispatch
A nutzoid chiller devoted to proving the strange, unseemly notion that even bloodthirsty serial killers are more enjoyable company than bad MySpace comedians.
Sean Burns - Philadelphia Weekly
This wannabe highbrow horror-thriller is a graceless, unfocused piece of work with a central narrative as tonally schizophrenic and wayward as its lead.
David Jenkins - Time Out
Ultimately, Mr. Brooks is a little bit like one of the murders in an actual serial killer case: an object of passing fascination for most people who see the broad strokes or statistics, but of lasting or more profound impact only to those affected by or d
Todd Gilchrist - IGN Movies
Alternately intriguing and ridiculous.
James Kendrick - Q Network Film Desk
Just when it seemed the serial-killer film had been done to death, Mr. Brooks brings something fresh to the genre.
Jeffrey Westhoff - Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
I found this movie to be entertaining, but I was almost disturbed to find it so. How many other movies have a serial killer as their protagonist and actually make you root for them?
Scott Nash - Three Movie Buffs
... I wish the writing had been sharper
Lori Hoffman - Atlantic City Weekly
It is entertaining to watch Costner and Hurt fight for control of one body.
Jonathan W. Hickman - Entertainment Insiders
That thing doesn't quite fit a category, it's not really chilling and only inconsistently satirical or funny. Still, it is often entertaining, strange and bumpy enough that you can forgive the stiff parts.
Cynthia Fuchs - PopMatters
According to some, we live in an age of moral relativism, and MR. BROOKS, a clever script with mediocre performances, explores that concept with nicely honed dash of irony
Andrea Chase - Killer Movie Reviews
If you're sick of sequels to a sequel of a sequel, then check this out.
Eric Lurio - Greenwich Village Gazette
Clever and engaging, Mr. Brooks contains some of Kevin Costner's best work.
John Wirt - Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
...a bit contrived and more than a bit gimmicky...But it all works...
Jim Lane - Sacramento News & Review
With some plot developments that aren't smart and/or believable enough, the film might look good and feature a decent name cast, but it just isn't that thrilling.
Jim Judy - Screen It!
A close to great film that spirals out of control into wildly enjoyable preposterousnes, topped off with a rancid maraschino cherry's worth of sub-De Palma shock coda.
Ken Hanke - Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
As psychological thrillers go, 'Mr. Brooks' ranks above average because of Kevin Costner's riveting performance.
Betty Jo Tucker - ReelTalk Movie Reviews
"Mr. Brooks" is a neat blend of satire and suspense thriller that nearly overcomes its greatest flaw, a ridiculous subplot with Demi Moore as a rich woman turned cop.
Cole Smithey - ColeSmithey.com
Earl Brooks is presented as an admirable killer, because he's an upperclass, educated white man.
Mark Palermo - Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
There's a smart, tense, creepy inside-the-mind-of-a-psychotic movie here. It's just too bad that it's buried under a huge load of ridiculous, over-the-top Hollywood claptrap.
Brian Webster - Apollo Guide
... a nice, decent, all-American psychopath like Mr. Brooks is pretty welcome company for a few fraught and well-crafted hours in the tense and muted darkness of the movie theater.
James Rocchi - Cinematical
Where the character cannot maintain well-adjusted behavior over sociopathic indulgences, the film fails to strike a balance between the serious and outlandish.
Mark Pfeiffer - Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
Smith is ... an insufferable, motor-mouthed douchebag that the audience will be begging for someone, anyone, to kill. In short, it's the role Cook was born to play.
Pete Vonder Haar - Film Threat
Like its leading character, Mr. Brooks suffers from a split personality, and it's unfortunate that the wrong one comes out on top.
Matt Brunson - Creative Loafing
Serial killers are people too, with hopes and dreams and loving spouses and kids who drive them crazy. That's the repulsive theme of this revolting film...
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
Even its most absurd ideas are tantalizingly creative and sinister, enough to make you want to see them through rather than scoff and turn away.
Eric D. Snider - EricDSnider.com
Yes, it's true that before the end the fatigue meter was registering pretty strongly, but if someone had tried to remove me from the theatre I would have put up a fight.
Jules Brenner - Cinema Signals
This ghastly concoction blends sleaze, a serial killer and sex in the sort of thing that, were it not rated R, would be a television movie.
Linda Cook - Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Violent and implausible, it's Costner's dark field of screams.
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Dean Essner - Bullz-Eye.com
Interesting twist on "Dr. Jekyll."
Boo Allen - Denton Record Chronicle (TX)
Only someone who hasn't watched TV for 20 years would think that portraying Brooks as a high-minded monster makes him more than a run-of-the-mill thrill-killer.
Michael Sragow - Baltimore Sun
[Director] Evans keeps flirting with a potentially rich idea only to surround it with indigestible amounts of silliness.
Melissa Anderson - Time Out New York
A high-budget psycho-thriller that lets two of our more "sedate" leading men cut loose with some entertainingly juicy performances.
Scott Weinberg - FEARnet
A unique and surprising movie experience. A strong alternative to the current sequelitis plaguing the industry.
Pete Hammond - Maxim
Mr. Brooks had the potential to be a ridiculous thrill ride, but that requires a director who knows how to shoot a scene with more style than a Law & Order episode.
Brian Tallerico - UGO
Turns out, Portland has more serial and spree killers than coffee shops -- there are still more that figure into the movie's increasingly ludicrous narrative.
Gary Thompson - Philadelphia Daily News
Its wickedness is irresistible.
Dennis Schwartz - Ozus' World Movie Reviews
A clumsy and facile pulp thriller that is never the sum total of its parts.
Duane Dudek - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
...cops a little of the cheerfully sanguine attitude of the Showtime series Dexter , although there's no effort to rehabilitate Brooks by half measures at work here.
Philip Martin - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
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.
Mick LaSalle - San Francisco Chronicle
What pushes Mr. Brooks into 'silly' territory is the way co-writer/director Bruce A. Evans piles on way too many subplots that seem to set up future stories.
Mike Russell - Oregonian
Certainly more genuinely creepy than many recent thrillers, and the supporting cast is effective.
Moira MacDonald - Seattle Times
Welcome back, Costner. The hit-or-miss actor who earned an Oscar for Dances with Wolves but a Razzie for The Postman shatters expectations with his best performance in more than a decade.
Tyler Hanley - Palo Alto Weekly
As long as Mr. Brooks remains focused on Mr. Brooks, the film provides a fair amount of thrills and (intentional) laughs.
Ethan Alter - Film Journal International
You know you're in real trouble when Demi Moore's playing the most sympathetic character you have.
Stephen Whitty - Newark Star-Ledger
This is that rare Hollywood film where you can't be quite sure where the story is going to end up.
Daniel M. Kimmel - Worcester Telegram & Gazette
Costner and Hurt's strong performances are surrounded by flimsy plotting, unbelievable sidenotes... and occasionally absurd 'surprises.'
James Sanford - Kalamazoo Gazette
The last decade hasn't been kind to Costner, but he returns to form here. This is a fine little thriller that has some nice - but not surprising twists.
Michelle Alexandria - Eclipse Magazine
Mr. Brooks has a crisp, clever script, lacings of black humour, heart-racing pacing and convincing performances.
Liz Braun - Jam! Movies
But for a movie about a guy who plans everything so meticulously, the script is a mess, with impossible coincidences and one big fake-out that is nothing but a giant bloody speed-bump on the way to the who-cares-at-this-point conclusion.
Nell Minow - Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
Costner is sufficiently creepy, yet incredibly down-to-earth as Mr. Brooks. I must say this is one of my favorite performances of his in a very long time.
Jeanne Kaplan - Kaplan vs. Kaplan
Plays like Red Dragon reimagined by filmmakers who think they're too smart or too sophisticated or too high-minded to give themselves over to the sordid, sleazy and flat-out nasty.
Maitland McDonagh - TV Guide's Movie Guide
...the film ultimately suffers from an egregiously uneven vibe that's compounded by a distractingly overlong running time.
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
There's an unsettling exhilaration in the way "Mr. Brooks" plows through dark waters and damns every torpedo ... except for the one that sinks it. (Its name is Demi Moore. There's the germ of a great movie, but the disease of many stupid ones.
Nick Rogers - State Journal-Register (Springfield, IL)
Costner proves that, given the right material, he's as good as anyone.
David Kaplan - Kaplan vs. Kaplan
Not just a guilty pleasure but a truly queasy one.
Carla Meyer - Sacramento Bee
Preposterous as Mr. Brooks can get, it's such a well-crafted, intricately devised thriller that its flaws are easy to forgive.
Bob Strauss - Los Angeles Daily News
Score one for Kevin Costner. His dark and disturbingly compelling psychological thriller Mr. Brooks could give the once powerful Dances with Wolves star his first hit in many moons.
Kit Bowen - Hollywood.com
Despite a promising intro and some darkly cool atmospherics, the picture pushes plausibility to the limit with a story that is ultimately laughable, using every studio gimmick and characters that are poorly explored.
Angela Baldassarre - Sympatico.ca
It's not that Costner is a bad actor. He's just a one-note actor... like a male Julia Roberts. And this just isn't his note.
Kevin Carr - Film School Rejects
There are flashes of near-greatness here, and the moments of dramatic power and aura of moral ambiguity set it apart from just about every other movie out there this season.
Robert W. Butler - Kansas City Star
The movie is a missed opportunity. It has all the ingredients of a delightfully twisted, sleek little thriller. But with all that extra padding, Mr. Brooks is just one bloated mess.
Pam Grady - Reel.com
The film demonstrates the complexity of human nature and its faculties -- our sinful side is never far removed from our capacity to think and feel.
Russ Breimeier - Christianity Today
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.
Rene Rodriguez - Miami Herald
Mr. Brooks does work up some clammy tension. The script has bite.
David Elliott - San Diego Union-Tribune
Dave White - Movies.com
There's so much unexamined rage in Mr. Brooks that the movie plays like a training video for psychotherapists.
Matt Pais - Metromix.com
Dean Essner - Screen International
After its sleek, hard-edged first hour, the second half slides into rote action-adventure scenes, complete with techno music backdrop, that we've seen in dozens of movies of this ilk.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
Evans delivers mood, tone and acting in this seductively quiet and unhysterical film, but so overstuffs his screenplay with plot he very nearly upends his own project.
Laura Clifford - Reeling Reviews
Comedian Dane Cook provides the real surprise here in a brave performance that more than holds it's own amongst the list of great talent involved.
Danny Minton - Beaumont Journal
It's a tasty stew for anyone with a macabre stomach lining. It's sense of humor is dependent on your ability to connect with your inner psychopath and root for the bad guy.
Erik Childress - eFilmCritic.com
A meticulous study on the "how" of serial killing. It just skims over the all-important "why."
Sean O'Connell - Filmcritic.com
The film is overburdened with plot elements (yet misses various continuity details).
Marjorie Baumgarten - Austin Chronicle
delivers more of a soap opera-like story about everyone's personal lives, whether you find that interesting or not, and whether these lurid details are important to the plot or not.
Willie Waffle - WaffleMovies.com
A fascinating and thoroughly unsettling exploration into the mind of a serial killer, Mr. Brooks could well be the smartest, most astute thriller of its kind in several years.
Dustin Putman - DustinPutman.com
I think Waterworld 2 might have been a smarter career move.
Josh Larsen - Sun Publications (Chicago, IL)
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.
Peter Rainer - Christian Science Monitor
In the lead, Costner (who financed the production out of his own pocket) is a long way from the boyish charmer of Dances With Wolves. But his easygoing star power is intact.
William Arnold - Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Mr. Brooks proves an unusual, occasionally awkward blend of suspense, drama and camp that's surprisingly fun.
David Foucher - EDGE Boston
What's interesting in Evans's approach is the low-key expression of [a] classic concept.
Andy Klein - Los Angeles CityBeat
Ever wondered why movies made in Hollywood seem to appeal to increasingly dumber audiences? Buy a ticket to Mr. Brooks to become part of the intellectually diminished population that studio execs lower their standards to appease.
Cole Haddon - Orlando Weekly
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.
Keith Phipps - AV Club
There is some refreshingly good, old-fashioned storytelling in this movie.
Caroline Kepnes - E! Online
Overall, this is an enjoyable romp -- with some pitch black comic moments and a fascinating figure at its center.
Ted Murphy - Murphy's Movie Reviews
It's an odd piece of entertainment, and requires a viewer flexible enough to journey into the belly of the beast and somehow enjoy it. Me? I found it irresistible at times.
Brian Orndorf - OhmyNews.com
If ever a movie epitomized the term 'overplotted,' it is Mr. Brooks.
Chuck O'Leary - FulvueDrive-in.com
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.
Scott Foundas - L.A. Weekly
Preposterous characters surround a serial killer in a strained and unbelievable story.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat - Spirituality and Practice
There is an actual brain at work here, and it feels refreshing.
Bill Clark - FromTheBalcony
Reminiscent of Patricia Highsmith's Ripley novels, and that is flattering praise.
Mark Dujsik - Mark Reviews Movies
A sinful cinematic experience for fans of classy, canny killers like Hannibal Lecter, Patrick Bateman, and Dexter Morgan.
Staci Layne Wilson - Horror.com
Evans makes Mr. Brooks the CEO of a box factory--because who would suspect the CEO of a box factory? Plus he's pro-life--how ironic!
Peter Canavese - Groucho Reviews
The pretzel-like personality of Brooks is expertly weaved and salted with just a hint of compassion to evoke an odd sort of understanding from the viewers.
Diana Saenger - ReviewExpress.com
Mr. Brooks is one deliriously ridiculous movie, and a bona fide contender for status as a camp classic.
Nick Schager - Slant Magazine
"Mr. Brooks" never fails as compelling drama, but it's far too busy to ever settle into a coherent focus.
Phil Villarreal - Arizona Daily Star
Smart, funny and wicked... a combination I would pay to see. Mr. Brooks may not want to be bad, but with the devilishly cruel Marshall by his side, he's oh so good at it.
Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone - TheMovieChicks.com
Though it's not as smooth as it might have been and by the close has gotten too clever by half, this trashy thriller delivers the goods more often than not.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
[Mr. Brooks] piles subplot upon subplot, making what should have been a taut, disturbing thriller feel bloated and aimless.
Devin Faraci - CHUD
The alter-ego gimmick works nicely thanks to terrific Costner-Hurt teamwork in this gripping, complex thriller.
Harvey S. Karten - Compuserve
Exquisitely constructed, Mr. Brooks is a gorgeous and compelling thriller about a very sympathetic serial killer. ... The story unfolds with the delicious pacing of a carefully prepared feast.
Steve Rhodes - Internet Reviews
Costner's best performance ever! An intelligent, terrific thriller with twists and kinky characters. Costner and Hurt are a sensational team.
Victoria Alexander - FilmsInReview.com