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
David Fear - Time Out
Ben Kenigsberg - Time Out
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
Kevin Costner as a schizophrenic serial killer? Demi Moore as a hardboiled police detective? No, we don't think so.
Nigel Andrews - Financial Times
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
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
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
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
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