Brothers

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  • Summary: Brothers tells the powerful story of two siblings, thirty-something Captain Sam Cahill and younger brother Tommy Cahill, who are polar opposites. Shipped out to Afghanistan, Sam is presumed dead when his Black Hawk helicopter is shot down in the mountains. At home in suburbia, the CahillBrothers tells the powerful story of two siblings, thirty-something Captain Sam Cahill and younger brother Tommy Cahill, who are polar opposites. Shipped out to Afghanistan, Sam is presumed dead when his Black Hawk helicopter is shot down in the mountains. At home in suburbia, the Cahill family suddenly faces a shocking void, and Tommy tries to fill in for his brother by assuming newfound responsibility by taking care of his brother's wife and children. When Sam unexpectedly returns to the States, a nervous mood settles over the family. Sam, uncharacteristically withdrawn and volatile, grows suspicious of his brother and his wife. Their familiar roles now nearly reversed, Sam and Tommy end up facing the ultimate physical and mental challenge when they confront each other. In the shifting family dynamics, who will dominate? And how will the brothers come to terms with issues of love, loyalty, and manhood—and with the woman caught between them? [Lionsgate] Expand

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 31
  2. Negative: 2 out of 31
  1. Sheridan’s actors work with their intellects fully engaged--and they engage us on levels we barely knew we had.
  2. The film is gripping---an honorable and beautifully acted addition to the tradition of homefront war stories.
  3. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    75
    In exploring the complicated nature of family bonds, Brothers is thought-provoking. The wounds inflicted by the cruelty of a troubled parent can prove as painful as battle scars.
  4. Brothers isn't badly acted, but as directed by the increasingly impersonal Jim Sheridan, it's lumbering and heavy-handed, a film that piles on overwrought dramatic twists until it begins to creak under the weight of its presumed significance.
  5. 50
    This is a corny tale, told with both generous helpings of deli-sliced cheese and a brief stretch of chilling tumultuousness.
  6. 50
    Having seen the trailer for Brothers and now the finished film, I feel as though I just watched the trailer twice.
  7. Brothers tries to delve into how war can tear families apart, but only succeeds in showing how miscasting and melodrama obscure good intentions.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 32 out of 43
  2. Negative: 3 out of 43
  1. StevenB.
    Jun 1, 2010
    10
    This is the most emotionally effective film I have thus far seen in my life. Superb acting all around, and incredibly tense situations throughout.
  2. Mr.JohnP.
    Dec 5, 2009
    10
    A beautiful drama movie !! Great actors for a movie extraordinary !! Oscar for Natalie Portman!!
  3. PhilS.
    Dec 8, 2009
    9
    I loved this movie because of what the actors brought. You'll find some surprising things from the smallest places..i dont want to give I loved this movie because of what the actors brought. You'll find some surprising things from the smallest places..i dont want to give anything away. Just enjoy the movie and try to take Natalie Portman seriously. Expand
  4. BillyS.
    Dec 7, 2009
    8
    The power and beauty of Brothers is its intense simplicity, like Sheridan's In America, there are no villans or saints in the story, The power and beauty of Brothers is its intense simplicity, like Sheridan's In America, there are no villans or saints in the story, just common everyday people coping with what life has dealt them and understanding family is the foundation that holds it all, and them together. Jim Sheridan shows the honesty in his characters and everyone in the cast plays them as if they were your neighbors 2 doors down. After years of being in that spider suit, Tobey Maguire confirms to the world that he is an actor to be reckoned with, he is simply devasting in Brothers, a brilliant performance like his pre-spidey days of The Wonder Boys and Pleasantville. Natalie Portman is simply the best actress of her generation, something we've all known since The Professional. Brothers is a great movie, great in its simplicity and honesty, in its writing and directing and in its powerful perfomances. Most of all, Brothers is well worth seeing. Expand
  5. shannonb
    May 2, 2010
    7
    This movie was good, bad, and the ugly all roled into one. It was kind of predictable, somewhat dark, but vey realistic. I would recommend This movie was good, bad, and the ugly all roled into one. It was kind of predictable, somewhat dark, but vey realistic. I would recommend the movie, but stop short of rating any higher. Expand
  6. JeffreyF
    Dec 4, 2009
    7
    The writing just failed this elite ensemble, only the children's roles are fully realized.
  7. ThomasL.
    Apr 2, 2010
    0
    Unwatchable dreck. Heavy handed, anti-military movie from Hollywood mooks with NO understanding of the military, human beings or the world, Unwatchable dreck. Heavy handed, anti-military movie from Hollywood mooks with NO understanding of the military, human beings or the world, in general. Ebert thought it was great. Say no more. Expand

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