Brian Banks

critic Reviews

61% Fresh Tomatometer Score61%
  • 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.
  • Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Leah PickettChicago Reader
    Hodge's resolute performance anchors the film, while the nuanced screenplay from Doug Atchison and lush visual language from cinematographer Ricardo Diaz push it several rungs above prosaic TV-movie-style fare.
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    Richard RoeperChicago Sun-Times
    Brian Banks almost never surprises us. We know where the story is going. (If it didn't go a certain way, there would be no movie.) Still, it's a well-constructed, well-acted, solidly told tale.
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  • Rotten Tomatometer Score
    Peter TraversRolling Stone
    The true story of a football player falsely accused of sexual assault is lifted by Aldis Hodge in the title role but brought low by a flat, formulaic telling.
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    Adam GrahamDetroit News
    [A] well-intentioned film crippled by its dramatic structure.
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  • Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Kenneth TuranLos Angeles Times
    For "Brian Banks..." it to succeed we have to buy Banks as an exceptional individual, able to rise above adversity and doubts by virtue of his determination, belief in self and overall strength of personality, all of which Hodge urgently conveys.
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    Christy LemireRogerEbert.com
    Playing Banks over the course of more than a decade, Hodge consistently makes the movie compelling, even when it veers toward a safe, faith-based uplift.
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    Robert RotenLaramie Movie Scope
    This is a great story, well told, about a man who refuses to give up on his quest for justice, despite the incredible odds against him.
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    Armond WhiteNational Review
    Director Tom Shadyac respects the moral clarity in the Brian Banks screenplay by Doug Atchison, who also wrote the moving Akeelah and the Bee, another keen observation of individual action over activism.
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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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