Metascore
40

Mixed or average reviews - based on 28 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 28
  2. Negative: 11 out of 28
  1. Reviewed by: Stephen Whitty
    Apr 25, 2014
    75
    See it for Belle. See it for the parkour. And for the wonderfully magical spectacle of a man flying.
  2. Reviewed by: Bernard Besserglik
    Apr 23, 2014
    70
    The movie contributes nothing new to the genre, but disbelief is suspended willingly enough once the action gets up to speed.
  3. Reviewed by: Drew Taylor
    Apr 28, 2014
    67
    In Brick Mansions Walker is understated and tough, a continued testament to his frequently overlooked accomplishments as a performer. You just wish the movie surrounding him was better.
  4. Reviewed by: Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
    Apr 24, 2014
    67
    It’s a beat-for-beat remake of a movie whose plot was never meant to do anything except get characters to jump from rooftops, made by a less confident director (Camille Delamarre, one of the studio’s go-to editors) and set in a culture Besson has never been able to grasp. It’s also a silly pile-up of exaggerated action clichés—and much of the time, it’s pretty fun.
  5. Reviewed by: Christy Lemire
    Apr 25, 2014
    63
    The action may be serious, but Brick Mansions doesn’t take itself too seriously. It’s a ridiculous movie that has the decency to acknowledge that it’s ridiculous.
  6. Reviewed by: Robbie Collin
    May 3, 2014
    60
    Director Camille Delamarre and Luc Besson, who co-wrote the screenplay, relocate the story to Detroit and tone down some of its (admittedly broad) social satire — although the Parkour remains centre-stage, and is mostly hair-raising.
  7. Reviewed by: A.O. Scott
    Apr 24, 2014
    60
    Brawny, dumb and preposterous, it nonetheless comes tantalizingly close to being a high-impact allegory of race, class and real estate in a postindustrial, new-Gilded Age America.
  8. Reviewed by: Justin Chang
    Apr 24, 2014
    60
    Delamarre knows his way around an action scene and keeps the proceedings moving briskly enough, even if the picture clocks in at about 10 minutes longer than its taut, 81-minute predecessor.
  9. Reviewed by: Tirdad Derakhshani
    Apr 25, 2014
    50
    A tediously faithful remake of French filmmaker Luc Besson's terrific 2004 international hit "District 13," the Besson-produced Brick Mansions might have been mildly interesting had it been made a decade ago.
  10. Reviewed by: Tom Russo
    Apr 24, 2014
    50
    The thematic stuff, while well-intentioned, is also clunky, and ultimately beside the point. Action, obviously, is what you’re after.
  11. Reviewed by: Keith Phipps
    Apr 24, 2014
    50
    Whenever it features feet flying through the air, Brick Mansions is a pleasure. Asked to do anything else, it’s one stumble after another.
  12. 50
    Mansions is like “Vehicle 19″ or “Takers,” dumb, noisy junk.
  13. Reviewed by: Adam Markovitz
    Apr 24, 2014
    42
    It's fun to watch at first. All that twirling and sliding is a nice change of pace from the usual seat-shaking pyrotechnics.
  14. Reviewed by: Chris Klimek
    Jun 3, 2014
    40
    This is an almost scene-for-scene remake — but not a shot-for-shot remake, which likely would have been more enjoyable.
  15. Reviewed by: Jamie Neish
    May 3, 2014
    40
    It's essentially a collection of shoddily edited action sequences, underpinned by a monotonous narrative that has no purpose, let alone moral heart to reward viewers' waning attention.
  16. Reviewed by: Trevor Johnston
    Apr 29, 2014
    40
    Chases on foot and four wheels keep the thing moving, but apart from a thematic wrinkle where Besson’s clearly siding with the hood rather than the lawmakers, it’s all pretty predictable.
  17. Reviewed by: Inkoo Kang
    Apr 24, 2014
    40
    The parkour is breathtaking and the plot twists are off-the-charts ridiculous.
  18. Reviewed by: Liam Lacey
    Apr 24, 2014
    38
    Brick Mansions is a non-starter: It chokes on its déjà vu, the hyperactive Mixmaster editing is exhausting and the characters’ banter is so leaden it might violate federal emission standards.
  19. Reviewed by: James Berardinelli
    Apr 24, 2014
    38
    There's no fun to be had here and if an action movie doesn't make the grade as escapist entertainment, what's the point?
  20. Reviewed by: Eric Henderson
    Apr 24, 2014
    38
    Only the very charitable would characterize this strain of providence as anything other than dumb, or at least incredibly forgetful.
  21. Reviewed by: Michael O'Sullivan
    Apr 30, 2014
    37
    Visually, Brick Mansions is a duller and more conventional film than “District B13,“ which was, if nothing else, a sourball-flavored form of eye candy.
  22. Reviewed by: Steve Davis
    Apr 30, 2014
    30
    It’s hard to take your eyes off Walker in his penultimate film appearance, cognizant of his mortality and the way he was gracefully aging much in the same way as another fair-haired, blue-eyed actor named Paul.
  23. Reviewed by: Bilge Ebiri
    Apr 27, 2014
    30
    It should be wilder, funnier, nuttier.
  24. Reviewed by: Gary Goldstein
    Apr 24, 2014
    30
    Brick Mansions, Paul Walker's penultimate film (prior to "Fast & Furious 7"), is a dumb and ugly action picture that works strictly as a reminder of the late actor's head-turning good looks and modest charisma.
  25. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Apr 24, 2014
    25
    Dystopia’s supposed to be worse than what’s in the papers, fellas. Try to keep up.
  26. Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    Apr 24, 2014
    25
    Faced with a story that doesn't make much sense, the filmmakers switch gears and try for a sociological statement - something about the marginalized and the neglected. This makes for a funny last five minutes, but sad, too, because Walker was better than this, even if his movies sometimes weren't.
  27. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    Apr 24, 2014
    20
    If nothing else, it's consistent — consistently stupid, with things like character development and story advancement never getting in the way of another parkour stunt.
  28. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Apr 24, 2014
    20
    The film is put together too choppily to appreciate the bounce-off-walls athleticism of parkour. That’s a shame, since “District 13” star Belle is known as a founder of the sport.
User Score
6.1

Generally favorable reviews- based on 42 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 19
  2. Negative: 5 out of 19
  1. Apr 26, 2014
    5
    Wow. The only reason I went to see Brick Mansions was for Paul Walker, and it seems like this was an instant cash in after the great actor's death. That's why Brick Mansions was so hyped. I didn't want a movie like Brick Mansions and IAM sure that you won't too after watching it. The parkour is excellent, the sense of vibe and energy fills the screen with great action and parkour skills. David Belle is on the top of his game. But, if you have watched District 13, there is actually no point in seeing Brick Mansions. Sure, it has some great action and parkour but the exact same story, same twists, some bad acting- ESPECIALLY RZA. Director Camille Delamarre just wanted a washed out version of the great original by Pierre Morel. The acting and the friendship of Belle and Walker plays out well with great acting by the duo. But RZA makes the movie fall though, his character- a coward boss of Brick Mansions slows down the movie on its great potential. The stunts are great but there is no sense it Brick Mansions it feels like a straight-to-dvd movie if it weren't for Paul Walker. One time watch for fans, but really do you want to see District 13 again in theatres, with washed out story and screenplay? Take that in mind before buying tickets for the movie. If you are a die hard Paul Walker and parkour fan, give it a watch. Full Review »
  2. Apr 25, 2014
    5
    It was great to see Paul Walker again - what a loss! Other than that, this was FAR too similar to the original French film, and the "bad" dudes weren't nearly as menacing, for some reason. And the plot twists toward the end are completely ridiculous. But the parkour is great fun. Full Review »
  3. May 13, 2014
    0
    THIS IS A B MOVIE!!!! Anyone that rates this movie above a 5 is just feeling nostalgic for Paul Walker. This was the cheesiest/low budget B movie that I have ever seen in a movie theater. I imagine it was going to go directly to DVD/Bluray but since Paul Walker passed away, they decided to put it in theaters.
    1. Terrible acting....so bad it kept taking me out of movie.
    2. Ridiculous special effects. Like it was made for an NBC drama.
    3. Story & Plot made absolutely no sense.
    4. Literally the most ridiculous end I have ever seen in a theatrical movie.

    If you are totally wasted and 15 years old you might like this. If you are a sober adult then stay away.
    I knew I should have snuck that 40z into the theater :(
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