Motherless Brooklyn

critic Reviews

63% Fresh Tomatometer Score63%
  • Motherless Brooklyn's imposing length requires patience, but strong performances and a unique perspective make this a mystery worth investigating.
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    Sandra HallSydney Morning Herald
    If that sounds worthy, well-meaning and incredibly dull, I can only say that Norton makes it work, spinning it into a twisting narrative that, admittedly, does require your concentration.
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    Kevin MaherTimes (UK)
    The rest is a sluggish film noir pastiche (the setting of the novel has been inexplicably shifted from the late Nineties to the Fifties) that aims to emulate the jazzy intrigue of Chinatown, but delivers only clichés and screen-chewing vanity.
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    David SextonLondon Evening Standard
    As it is, his passionate commitment to the story has resulted in the very definition of a vanity project.
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    Clarisse LoughreyIndependent (UK)
    Its homage to film noir is over-the-top and borderline parodic -- at times, it's more Who Framed Roger Rabbit? than Chinatown.
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    Robbie CollinDaily Telegraph (UK)
    It took Norton two decades to get Motherless Brooklyn made, and the result is a film that's wondrously out of time: one in which the hero isn't out to save the world, just understand it.
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    Nigel AndrewsFinancial Times
    A bloated, 145-minute crime flick with a gimmicky protagonist investigating a cliché-prone murder-and-corruption plot.
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    Joanne LaurierWorld Socialist Web Site
    Motherless Brooklyn is in general, a well-constructed, atmospheric film. Norton has assembled an admirable cast of characters...
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    Yasser MedinaCinemaficionados
    It is a detective film that can be seen, but doesn't escape the conventional. [Full review in Spanish]
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    Bill NewcottThe Saturday Evening Post
    If only Edward Norton the producer had told Edward Norton the screenwriter to streamline Edward Norton the star's lines a bit, Edward Norton the director might have had a mini masterpiece on his hands.
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    Jason FraleyWTOP (Washington, D.C.)
    Unlike "Chinatown," the hero of "Motherless Brooklyn" is not the strong, silent type like Jack Nicholson. Instead, Lionel grapples withTourette's syndrome.
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