'Mr. Brooks' Critic Reviews

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MovieWeb:   15 reviews
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Rotten Tomatoes:   156 reviews
  • Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    42
    Mr. Brooks begins promisingly, but it grows steadily more preposterous as it goes along, becoming the first feel-good serial-killer movie.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Stephen Holden New York Times (Top Critic)
    30
    If it is not as sadistic as the Saw and Hostel movies, it is as malignant in its insistence on the omnipresence of evil.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Cath Clarke Guardian [UK] (Top Critic)
    40
    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.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Claudia Puig USA Today (Top Critic)
    38
    Far-fetched, flimsy and uninvolving.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Stephen Hunter Washington Post (Top Critic)
    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.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Ty Burr Boston Globe (Top Critic)
    63
    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.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Robert Wilonsky Village Voice (Top Critic)
    Bloody disappointing.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Jack Mathews New York Daily News (Top Critic)
    75
    Totally absurd and equally entertaining.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal (Top Critic)
    Mr. Brooks manages to be deeply loathsome -- no small feat for a film that's shallowly amateurish.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Amy Biancolli Houston Chronicle (Top Critic)
    63
    In Mr. Brooks, Bruce A. Evans' fitfully subversive approach to the genre, we get a few fresh takes on the psychology of serial killing.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Michael Booth Denver Post (Top Critic)
    50
    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.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • David Edelstein New York Magazine (Top Critic)
    If our movies are any guide, we're a nation of latent serial killers.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • David Denby New Yorker (Top Critic)
    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.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Richard Roeper Chicago Sun-Times (Top Critic)
    75
    A classic guilty pleasure -- a great-looking, weirdly compelling thriller with two pedal-flooring performances from Costner and William Hurt.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Mark Caro Chicago Tribune (Top Critic)
    50
    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.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Jonathan Rosenbaum Chicago Reader (Top Critic)
    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.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer (Top Critic)
    75
    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.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Jeff Strickler Minneapolis Star Tribune (Top Critic)
    75
    Mr. Brooks is driven more by its characters than its plot. And several of those characters are fascinating.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Tom Long Detroit News (Top Critic)
    75
    Mr. Brooks is a killer.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Bill Muller Arizona Republic (Top Critic)
    80
    [Costner] gives one of the best performances of his career.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Rex Reed New York Observer (Top Critic)
    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.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • John Anderson Variety (Top Critic)
    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.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Lou Lumenick New York Post (Top Critic)
    50
    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.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Roger Moore Orlando Sentinel (Top Critic)
    40
    Intriguing but inept.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Susan Walker Toronto Star (Top Critic)
    63
    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.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
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