Brick

Metascore
72

Generally favorable reviews - based on 34 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 34
  2. Negative: 0 out of 34

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Critic Reviews

  1. Wall Street Journal
    Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    60
    Has the inherent limits of all movies that feed on movies, rather than life -- it's original, yet it's not.
  2. It's all so seamy, sordid, lurid and shocking! And dull, despite a noirish gloss of wide-angle cinematography and a jaundiced, smoggy color scheme.
  3. Challenging to follow, at best.
  4. Alas, Brick, from writer-director Rian Johnson, isn't as clever as its conceit.
User Score
7.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 168 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 46 out of 65
  2. Negative: 14 out of 65
  1. AndyM.
    Jun 9, 2008
    5
    This movie is best described as a bunch of 25 year-olds, acting like 17 year-olds, acting like 35 year-olds. It's ridiculous. This This movie is best described as a bunch of 25 year-olds, acting like 17 year-olds, acting like 35 year-olds. It's ridiculous. This isn't high school, and it never will be. It tries to be original by placing a 50-years-late, washed-up detective genre into a high school setting, and it comes off as plain absurd. As the Wall Street Journal puts it, "It's original, yet it's not". No high school is filled with smooth talking, drug-running teenagers, who spit 1940's lingo like it's the normal thing to do. If you like detective stories and you just HAVE to have a new angle, despite the complete lack of believability, then this is for you. The movie isn't a bad one, don't get me wrong. The writing and the confined presentation just prevents it from being the amazing movie it desperately wants to be. And I mean desperately. Full Review »
  2. MichaelM.
    May 21, 2006
    0
    This film is what you would get if you gave a bunch of talented 10th grade students unlimited access to the school's audio visual This film is what you would get if you gave a bunch of talented 10th grade students unlimited access to the school's audio visual department. But unfortunately, even the most talented 10th graders can't make a watchable commercial film, except maybe a film made for other 10th graders who happen to go to the same school. It seemed that the screenwriter's goal was to pack the dialogue full of as much cool-sounding slang as he could, whether it got in the way of writing a good script or not. This drivel was muttered nearly unintelligably by all the "actors" in this children-trying-to-act-like-grownups mess. How anyone could rate this over a zero is a total mystery to me--I assume it was a gift, so as not to discourage the budding young talent. I had exactly the same feeling about this film as I did about Dogville, except I felt much worse about the latter, because it was made by adults who had no excuse. Come to think of it, if you loved Dogville, you will probably love this film.--please rush out and buy a ticket so I won't feel so bad about wasting my own money. Full Review »
  3. Jul 23, 2016
    8
    Brick is a really good movie with a heavy focus on the writing and characters rather than the action and effects. It continually gets more andBrick is a really good movie with a heavy focus on the writing and characters rather than the action and effects. It continually gets more and more interesting as the movie goes on and thats all thanks to Johnson's great writing. The performances are also really great as well. Definitely an awesome movie to watch. Full Review »