The Brave One Reviews

  • Everything about Foster's ocular intensity is riveting, but little in this hushed vigilante drama makes sense.

    Lisa Schwarzbaum — Entertainment Weekly

  • The Brave One, though well cast and smoothly directed, is just as crude and ugly as you want it to be.

    A.O. Scott — New York Times

  • Neil Jordan ought to be doing more challenging material than this overblown, overwrought thriller that has only obvious points to make about the moral swamp that is urban vigilantism.

    Andrew Pulver — Guardian [UK]

  • Foster does her best with a flawed story whose ending rings even less true than the rest of it.

    Claudia Puig — USA Today

  • You may hate yourself for yielding to the expertise of the manipulation, but the vicarious thrill of The Brave One is the sense of pulling your own trigger on pure evil and watching the bullet tear through.

    Stephen Hunter — Washington Post

  • The Brave One is oppressively plot-driven. All the mood is snuffed out. The filmmakers so want Erica's actions to make sense to us that the movie usually seems illogical despite itself.

    Wesley Morris — Boston Globe

  • Two terrific lead actors under the direction of the estimable Jordan aren't enough to overcome the proven axiom that although you can make a bad movie from a good script, you can't make a good one from a bad one.

    Jack Mathews — New York Daily News

  • It's lily-livered narrative cowardice, and I reject it.

    Amy Biancolli — Houston Chronicle

  • What the screenwriters don't achieve in dialogue, director Jordan often delivers visually. He and his cinematographer employ a particularly powerful way to evoke Erica's resurfacing. It resembles a slow blink; it suggest a brain grappling to make sense.

    Lisa Kennedy — Denver Post

  • What could impel Jodie Foster and director Neil Jordan to whisk us back to the bad old days of Death Wish and Ms. 45? Were their credit cards maxed out?

    David Edelstein — New York Magazine

  • Psychological suspense is what makes The Brave One spellbinding. The movie doesn't dine out on action scenes, but regards with great curiosity how these two people will end up.

    Roger Ebert — Chicago Sun-Times

  • The Brave One is Death Wish with a guilty conscience, and while it may be a bit of a hypocrite as vigilante thrillers go, the internal contradictions of the thing make for a very interesting picture.

    Michael Phillips — Chicago Tribune

  • What might have been a serious drama about coming to terms with violence and loss turns into a crowd-pleasing and increasingly far-fetched remake of Death Wish.

    J. R. Jones — Chicago Reader

  • Because it wants the applause both of the chatting classes and the blood crowd, The Brave One doesn't take a firm position about vigilantism.

    Carrie Rickey — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • Foster isn't the only one abused in this film. Viewers are, too.

    Colin Covert — Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • It is vengeance porn dressed up as an important film, a reverse slasher movie feigning some weak pretense of meaning beyond its own bloodlust.

    Tom Long — Detroit News

  • An ugly, manipulative mess.

    Bill Goodykoontz — Arizona Republic

  • The Brave One has opened the fall movie season with a bang, indeed with a lot of bang, bang, bangs. Don't miss it.

    Andrew Sarris — New York Observer

  • Foster's pistol-packing turn as an avenging dark angel nearly sustains director Neil Jordan's grim vigilante drama through a string of implausibilities and occasionally trite psychological framing devices, with deft support from Terrence Howard.

    Justin Chang — Variety

  • Worth watching for Foster's fiercely arresting performance.

    Lou Lumenick — New York Post

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