Mixed or average reviews - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 23
  2. Negative: 6 out of 23

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Critic Reviews

  1. Mr. Showbiz
    Reviewed by: Michael Atkinson
    Sags, lollygags, and blusters too much to sustain the what-the-hell momentum that Kitano achieves in his best movies.
  2. Delivers some powerful emotional wallops alongside the chopsticks-up-the-nose violence, and manages the remarkable feat of making venerable American genre conventions seem eerily alien.
  3. Enough odd twists to be mildly interesting.
  4. Chicago Tribune
    Reviewed by: Loren King
    Disappointingly hollow.
  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. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    Cool killers - Kitano's stock in trade - do not necessarily make for cool movies.
  7. 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).
  8. Beat Takeshi fans wouldn't think of missing this one. Moviegoers who hate violence wouldn't be caught dead at it.
  9. 50
    It's rougher stuff than most would expect, though not unrewarding in its own horrific way.
  10. While Yamamoto's bullets never miss, Kitano's attempt at tragic grandeur of "Godfather"-esque proportions misses to an almost embarrassing degree.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 14 Ratings

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