Four Brothers

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  • Summary: After their adoptive mother is murdered during a grocery store holdup, the Mercer brothers -- hotheaded Bobby (Wahlberg), hard-edged Angel (Gibson), family man and businessman Jeremiah (Benjamin) and hard rocking Jack (Hedlund) -- reunite to take the matter of her death into their own hands.After their adoptive mother is murdered during a grocery store holdup, the Mercer brothers -- hotheaded Bobby (Wahlberg), hard-edged Angel (Gibson), family man and businessman Jeremiah (Benjamin) and hard rocking Jack (Hedlund) -- reunite to take the matter of her death into their own hands. As they track down the killer, the four brothers come together to discover that they are bound by ties thicker than blood. (Paramount Pictures) Expand

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 31
  2. Negative: 6 out of 31
  1. 75
    Four Brothers works as an urban thriller, if not precisely as a model of logic.
  2. 70
    Gripping: Even when it wobbles off-track, it has some juice to it.
  3. Reviewed by: Joe Leydon
    70
    With equal measures of rock-the-house vigor and in-your-face attitude, Four Brothers proves usually potent and consistently enjoyable as an old school approach to what might best be described as the urban-Western genre of slam-bang, balls-out action-revenger.
  4. The casting is hit-and-miss. OutKast's Benjamin and "Troy's" Hedlund are weak, but Gibson is very appealing and the movie powers along on a strong lead performance by Wahlberg, who has never seemed more confident, commanding or scruffily charismatic.
  5. For all its well-drawn lines between good and evil, Four Brothers is ultimately passive entertainment.
  6. More action directors should include scenes such as the Mercers' extended Thanksgiving dinner, which fleshes out the bond between the brothers without using too many words.
  7. 12
    Four Brothers? Ringling Brothers is more like it, because John Singleton's latest stinks like something the elephants left behind. It's not clear what the film is trying to do, but it seems safe to guess that it's doing it wrong.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 34 out of 50
  2. Negative: 8 out of 50
  1. Jan 5, 2011
    10
    I honestly have never understood why this movie has never been liked. It wasn't made to be artsy though Chris Singleton does a great job withI honestly have never understood why this movie has never been liked. It wasn't made to be artsy though Chris Singleton does a great job with the film especially because it could easily have been terrible. My first Mark Wahlberg film and still my favorite. Expand
  2. Apr 4, 2016
    10
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  3. Mar 2, 2012
    10
    This is one of my all time favorite movies. Yeah it may not be the most real movie ever but neither is fast in the furious or transformers.This is one of my all time favorite movies. Yeah it may not be the most real movie ever but neither is fast in the furious or transformers. The plot along with some great acting made this movie Collapse
  4. Dec 19, 2011
    8
    I am suprised that I liked this movie as much as I did. I think it worked out perfectly and while the whole situation is rather generic andI am suprised that I liked this movie as much as I did. I think it worked out perfectly and while the whole situation is rather generic and corny, It just has that "It" factor that just pulls you in. Expand
  5. Mar 31, 2013
    7
    The plot is very slow after the initial murder of Evelyn Mercer and this may have put many off. It does, however pick up towards the middleThe plot is very slow after the initial murder of Evelyn Mercer and this may have put many off. It does, however pick up towards the middle third and by the end it has reached full throttle. The gritty realism of the story is enhanced by the winter scenes on the streets of Detroit. I can’t say I was overly enthused by the choice of music throughout, but then it’s not really my scene man. The performances were all excellent with Mark Wahlberg and Tyrese Gibson taking most of the spotlight, but I thought nobody put a foot wrong throughout. Over all a gritty realistic and sometimes brutal revenge thriller. Maybe a little too slow for some in the beginning but the pace does pick up (I promise).

    SteelMonster’s verdict: RECOMMENDED

    My score: 7.2/10
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  6. jamesm.
    Dec 15, 2005
    6
    Aint this a john wayne movie ??
  7. Josh
    Feb 10, 2006
    0
    The absolute worst movie of all time. The only explanation is that the actors and directors were drunk and on drugs at the time they made The absolute worst movie of all time. The only explanation is that the actors and directors were drunk and on drugs at the time they made this. Can we request for this film to be permanently erased from human history? Expand

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