'Brake' Critic Reviews

75%
MovieWeb:   1 reviews
44%
Rotten Tomatoes:   26 reviews
  • Stephen Holden New York Times (Top Critic)
    70
    "Brake" is a full-scale paranoid nightmare with back-to-back double-whammy endings.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Michael Atkinson Village Voice (Top Critic)
    Dorff's mannered Bruce Willis affect seems as insincere as the script, which helplessly loses credibility as info accrues and the narrative unpeels.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Joe Neumaier New York Daily News (Top Critic)
    40
    Talk about being boxed in: This thriller is half-"24," half-"Buried" and, despite a few twists, unable to move anywhere.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • James Rocchi MSN Movies (Top Critic)
    60
    Your mileage enjoying Brake may vary, but even if you spot the final destination coming, it's a pleasant enough joyride.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Rex Reed New York Observer (Top Critic)
    75
    It is amazing how much hair-raising action and fluid movement this film captures in the confined interior of a car trunk, or how many mood shifts Mr. Dorff conveys in a performance that can only be called multi-dimensional.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Robert Koehler Variety (Top Critic)
    Brake may not be the kind of film that Dorff's thesp character in Sofia Coppola's Somewhere is pining for, but the actor fully commits to the arduous demands of the part.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Sara Stewart New York Post (Top Critic)
    38
    The whole claustrophobic one-man show feels like we've been here before, and with better material.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Gabe Toro The Playlist
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  • Jeff Beck We Got This Covered
    60
    While the film is suspenseful for awhile, it ultimately becomes a let down because of a stretched out story and an absurd ending.
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  • Jeff Beck Examiner.com
    63
    Most of it is a decent film despite it being stretched out, but most of it being good just doesn't cut it.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Jeremy Heilman MovieMartyr.com
    54
    It's a clever B-movie that has a number of fun twists up its sleeve.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • David Nusair Reel Film Reviews
    50
    ...a second-rate carbon-copy of Rodrigo Cortes' vastly superior Buried.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Paul Chambers CNNRadio
    50
    Over 95% of "Brake" takes place in the trunk of a car. But, despite the confines or perhaps because of them, it's a decent enough thriller.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Betty Jo Tucker ReelTalk Movie Reviews
    In a movie like this, almost everything depends on the lead actor -- and Stephen Dorff does not disappoint. He turns in a splended 'confined' performance here.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Todd Jorgenson Cinemalogue.com
    There are simply too many manipulative gimmicks to generate any emotional investment in the outcome.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Brian Tallerico HollywoodChicago.com
    50
    Dorff is stellar and the film builds some tension but a bit too much required suspension of disbelief, some plot holes, weak dialogue, and two increasingly silly twist endings ultimately sink the piece.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Noel Murray AV Club
    50
    Dorff and Torres make a lot out of very little, always keeping the audience aware of the larger world outside the small, dark space in which they've trapped us.
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  • Christopher Null Filmcritic.com
    40
    an idea for a short extended far beyond its creative shelf life
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Andrew Lapin NPR
    There are plenty of gripping moments, as well as a few silly ones - bees get involved at one point, presumably to please Wicker Man fans. And the ride as a whole is at the very least exciting to take part in.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Stephen Whitty Newark Star-Ledger
    38
    The situation itself is simply too absurd for us to accept, right from the start. And the more it goes on, the harder it is to stay onboard.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Brian Orndorf BrianOrndorf.com
    59
    Works as a budget suspense experience, reaching enough boiling points to entertain, but not enough to block out the ridiculous ending.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Michelle Orange Movieline
    70
    If we're never drawn in far enough to wonder what we might do in a Plexiglass box at the end of the world, Dorff can sell stock action-hero lines with enough moody grit to hold our attention.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Sam Adams Time Out New York
    20
    [Dorff] spends most of the movie confusing tough-guy stoicism with simple inertness, despite the occasional Jack Bauer-style yell.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Harvey S. Karten Compuserve
    50
    Stephen Dorff's energetic performance cannot compensate for the minimalism of the plot.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Andrew Schenker Slant Magazine
    13
    Until its pair of ludicrous twist endings, which complicates its message and logistics in ways that make little sense, Gabe Torres's Brake plays like a more simplistic version of Buried tailored specifically to a hawkish right-wing crowd.
    Full Review » 2 years ago