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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. 75
    Kitano's most enjoyable, flat-out fun movie, provided you can stomach the violence.
  3. 70
    Brother is a solid return to gangster form for Kitano, who knows how to transcend the most overly familiar genre clichés without betraying the rules of engagement.
  4. 50
    It's rougher stuff than most would expect, though not unrewarding in its own horrific way.
  5. 50
    A typical Kitano film in many ways, but not one of his best ones. Too many of the killing scenes have a casual, perfunctory tone.
  6. 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).
  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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