Brian Banks

critic Reviews

60% Fresh Tomatometer Score60%
  • While it remains a reasonably inspiring drama, Brian Banks might have presented a more complex or fully realized version of the real-life story it dramatizes.
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    Jennie KermodeEye for Film
    What had the potential to be a really strong film ultimately comes across as a better-than-average-looking TV movie of the week.
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    Martha K. BakerKDHX (St. Louis)
    Brian Banks tells but one story of our broken system of justice, and it tells it very well.
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    Tony MedleyThe Larchmont Chronicle
    It is gut-wrenching to watch the unfairness Banks endured and Hodge's performance is amazingly true to life. ..a film that will stay with you for a long time.
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    Alan NgFilm Threat
    Brian Banks is a feel-good movie of triumph over insurmountable odds. Bank's story is one of hope and inspiration and takes only a minor misstep...
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    Jim JudyScreen It!
    "Brian Banks" might not be original, but it's an important tale to tell and one that's told well. (Full Content Review for Parents - Violence, Profanity, etc. - also Available)
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    MaryAnn JohansonFlick Filosopher
    There's plenty injustice here to enrage the thinking, feeling citizen, but despite a passionate performance by charismatic Aldis Hodge, this docudrama is nowhere near incensed enough on his behalf.
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    Sharronda WilliamsPay Or Wait
    Aldis Hodge delivers a powerful performance that carries the film in this cautionary true story of Brian Banks which hits close to home in today's society.
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    Diana SaengerReviewExpress.com
    An incredible true story that should have never happened.
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    Steven ProkopyThird Coast Review
    Shadyac removes every ounce of subtlety from the story...there were better ways to tell this story.
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    Robert W. ButlerButler's Cinema Scene
    Shadyak plays things straight, with no show-offy visual flourishes, slowly building a full head of indignation and then letting all that pressure out with a whoosh of relief. Best of all, he gets really strong performances out of his players.
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