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  • Summary: Brothers in the Head is the feverish, mind-bending odyssey of conjoined twins Tom and Barry Howe who were plucked from obscurity by a 1970s music promoter and groomed into a boy band. (IFC Films)
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  1. Positive: 19 out of 25
  2. Negative: 2 out of 25
  1. 100
    It's terrific! Shot by the brilliant cinematographer Anthony Dod Mantle ("Dogville," "28 Days Later," etc.) and anchored by amazing performances from identical (but not conjoined) twins Harry and Luke Treadaway, Brothers of the Head is not a freak show, or a knockoff "Rocky Horror" camp celebration. It's a work of powerful atmosphere and significant mystery. Plus, it rocks.
  2. 89
    It ends up seeming more real and more artistically, morally, and spiritually honest than any dozen bedrock documentary films you'd care to name.
  3. This is a very tender portrayal of young people caught up in a blisteringly fast and cynical world, and though their music is hideous, they are a compelling act.
  4. Reviewed by: Derek Elley
    70
    Feature debut by Yank duo Keith Fulton and Louis Pepe isn't so far from their engrossing docus on Terry Gilliam's filmic adventures, "The Hamster Factor" (1996) and "Lost in La Mancha" (2001), except here the madness and exploitation is part of the music scene.
  5. 70
    The golden-hued footage is lovingly faked by ace cinematographer Anthony Dod Mantle, and the straight-faced result is as improbably touching as the Farrelly brothers' underrated "Stuck on You."
  6. Reviewed by: Kate Taylor
    63
    What is missing from Brothers of the Head is an equally sturdy connection between form and content.
  7. A glumly serious British mock rock doc: You could forgive the paucity of jokes if Brothers of the Head had anything to say, or if the '70s-vérité surface were remotely convincing.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 9
  2. Negative: 1 out of 9
  1. MichaelS.
    Jul 31, 2006
    10
    Incredibly brilliant and original film. Not to be missed.
  2. PooksS.
    Feb 27, 2008
    10
    The soundtrack alone is enough to make this a fantastic film, and the riveting performances from the Treadaways make sure of that.
  3. LenW.
    Aug 3, 2006
    10
    Not all faux documentaries have to be yuck-fests. This is a haunting story anchored by loving tenderness and bitter rage. Not a false note Not all faux documentaries have to be yuck-fests. This is a haunting story anchored by loving tenderness and bitter rage. Not a false note from start to finish. Expand
  4. MaxineW.
    Apr 4, 2007
    10
    I haven't seen a movie that sucked me in as much as this one did in a very long time. I immediately bought the soundtrack and can't I haven't seen a movie that sucked me in as much as this one did in a very long time. I immediately bought the soundtrack and can't get enough. Too bad they didn't make more music. They are awesome! Expand
  5. AngelaM.
    Apr 4, 2007
    10
    Oh my gosh what a movie! And the music is so fantastic. I bought the movie and the CD for my car!
  6. ChadS.
    Apr 28, 2007
    6
    For the savvy rock-and-roll fan in the know, the point of "Brothers of the Head" was to create an alternate music history in which the For the savvy rock-and-roll fan in the know, the point of "Brothers of the Head" was to create an alternate music history in which the provincial punk-rockers Bang Bang preceded both, The Sex Pistols, and quite possibly, The Ramones. But since their music is so horrible, the uninititated might mistake "Brothers of the Head" as a deadpan comic take on "This is Spinal Tap", because more likely than not, they'd also be unfamiliar with the tradition of naive art(Wesley Willis, Daniel Johnston, etc.). Although the Rob Reiner mock-doc is by far the superior film, this ambitious curio from the UK truly feels unscripted as a real documentary should. It's actors never seem aware that the cameras are rolling. Of course, the trade-off isn't exactly a crowd-pleaser; you're sacrificing entertainment for authenticity. At times, "Brothers of the Head" is difficult to watch, due in part to the indistingushable personalities of Tom(Harry Treadway) and Barry(Luke Treadway). Neither twin are particularly interesting, and worse, their mumbling dialogue(which is prosaic without a lick of wit or humor) overlaps each others' words. It takes a woman reporter, Laura Ashworth(Diana Kent), to make either musician remotely interesting, when the ice queen chooses Barry. As a result of this newly created love triangle, the thunderstruck musician changes the title of his to ode to her existence from "My Friend" to "My Friend, You C***". At first you're shocked(and so is she), but you quickly come to realize his sudden resistance to love(as does Laura), since a normal life means having to ignore the incidental menage a trois each time they make love. "Brothers of the Head" muck things up a bit towards the end by overstacking its deck as to who was the catalyst for the demise of Bang Bang. Expand
  7. DavidK
    Dec 25, 2006
    2
    Visually compelling at times, with dreadful music, and a train wreck storyline, only the "carrot" of their early demise kept me watching (the Visually compelling at times, with dreadful music, and a train wreck storyline, only the "carrot" of their early demise kept me watching (the end was as disappointing as the the rest of the film) There is certain nothing redeeming about the characters. Ultimately it sticks for awhile until you answer the question, "Is this real or mockumentary" once you have answered that questions it can be forgotten. Expand

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