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  • Summary: The story of a Yakuza warrior who introduces the code of honor and discipline into the L.A. criminal world. (Sony Pictures Classics)
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 23
  2. Negative: 6 out of 23
  1. 80
    If nothing else, Brother confirms Kitano's stature as the most original purveyor of on-screen mayhem since Sam Peckinpah.
  2. It's a romantic fantasy of the gangster brotherhood and their doomed lives, executed with Takeshi's unique mix of stoic ruthlessness and giddy energy.
  3. 70
    Mr. Kitano directed, edited and wrote Brother -- and his style of close-to-the-vest brutality travels extremely well.
  4. 50
    While Brother may be the perfect introduction for Kitano newcomers, longtime fans may find it superfluous and even a step down from the likes of Hana-Bi (1997) and Sonatine (1993).
  5. Enough odd twists to be mildly interesting.
  6. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    50
    Cool killers - Kitano's stock in trade - do not necessarily make for cool movies.
  7. 10
    Bewildering, tediously violent.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. JamesM
    Dec 11, 2005
    7
    Certainly not one of Kitano's best, but a great film nonetheless.

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