Mr. Brooks

Metascore
45

Mixed or average reviews - based on 34 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 34
  2. Negative: 7 out of 34

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Critic Reviews

  1. 75
    A curious mix of the campy and the intelligent, of high concept and low psychology. In spite of these contradictions, or perhaps because of them, it works. This is a tense and engaging thriller.
  2. Watching Kevin Costner and William Hurt share grim laughs during Bruce Evans' Mr. Brooks is one of the pleasures of this totally absurd and equally entertaining psychological thriller.
  3. The appeal of Mr. Brooks is as obvious as it is hard to resist: Kevin Costner as a serial killer.
  4. 75
    Listen to me: trash can surprise you. So don't get all elitist about the so-called cheap thrills in Mr. Brooks.
  5. 70
    So well made, and so compelling as a portrait of a man at war with himself, that, right up until the end, many people will probably be entertained by its intricately preposterous story.
  6. You may enjoy this complex, psychologically daring and visually stylish noir, which has been put together by director Bruce Evans ("Kuffs") with few dull moments and virtually none of the black humor you might expect from the premise.
  7. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    63
    A fertile example of the Studio Film Gone Berserk, where too many characters and too many story lines geometrically progress until a level of blissful absurdity is reached.
  8. Reviewed by: John Anderson
    60
    Mr. Brooks is most effective when it's dealing with Earl and his conscience. Hurt and Costner are terrific together as two sides of the same personality and, again, the casting is what it's all about.
  9. What compels then isn't the overwrought plot, but the simpler things, the dynamics between the actors, the avuncularity between old pros Costner and Hurt and the class condescension between Costner and Cook. It has a fascinatin' rhythm.
  10. One dramatic ploy that doesn't work is the casting of Demi Moore as Tracy Edward, a homicide detective intent on capturing the Thumbprint Killer. Moore gave a rare good performance as the washed up diva in "Bobby," but her stridency here is grating.
  11. Mr. Brooks begins promisingly, but it grows steadily more preposterous as it goes along, becoming the first feel-good serial-killer movie.
  12. 50
    Sadly, only Hurt seems to recognize that the only way to make this material work is to play it with lunatic enthusiasm instead of grave seriousness.
  13. 50
    cleverly conceived and professionally executed and to hell with that. It's a serial killer movie in the dime-a-dozen era of serial killer movies, with the selling point being that the murderer is played by a movie star. This way you'll like the guy.
  14. This is one of those slick, violent, ridiculous Hollywood jobs that make little sense as a story, a comment on life, or a depiction of characters, but are moderately enjoyable in their spinning of movie conventions. There's even a good De Palma-style fake shock ending.
  15. 50
    Coincidences and plot contrivances pile up. What starts out as a delightful black comedy and social commentary ends up, at best, as a guilty pleasure where I had a hard time sorting out the intentional from the unintentional laughs.
  16. The movie's not good, strictly speaking, but it is kind of fun.
  17. 50
    Beneath its drab veil of self-seriousness, Mr. Brooks is nothing but just plain silly.
  18. 50
    Costner succumbs to terminal self-seriousness when he makes a movie of his own either as the director or, in this case, a producer.
  19. 50
    The kind of movie that rockets so far beyond the line of credibility and so deeply into the realm of utter stupidity, you start to wonder if the filmmakers aren't putting you on.
  20. 50
    What this movie needed was a leaner narrative focusing on Earl and Marshall while keeping Moore’s character in the background. What we end up with is a goofy and occasionally enjoyable mix of horror, comedy, and action that can’t entirely shed its excess narrative flab.
  21. Reviewed by: David Ansen
    50
    The movie becomes a crazy quilt of competing stories, none of them properly developed. You could cut half the major characters out of Mr. Brooks and never miss them.
  22. If the movie were just these two (Costner/Hurt), bopping around arguing and offing people, it would have been better than the unholy mess it turns into.
  23. The film feels sleazy and nasty --- but without the pulp kick of filmmakers who know how to do sleazy and nasty.
  24. By the time the police come knocking at the front door, Mr. Brooks has exploded from its mild-mannered start into full guignol mode, and would take a defter filmmaker than Evans to steer the tonal shift.
  25. 40
    Evans and Gideon never really succeed in selling the idea that serial killing is a disease -- which would require a degree of realism that the slick, over-plotted Mr. Brooks doesn't otherwise aspire to. They seem to be content with occupying the audience with a series of twists and jolts.
  26. A werewolf movie masquerading as a thriller, it looks like a canny attempt by Bruce A. Evans, its director and screenwriter (with Raynold Gideon), to establish a "Saw"-like franchise using the names of fading ’80s stars to lend the project a semblance of respectability.
  27. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    38
    Far-fetched, flimsy and uninvolving.
  28. There's no meat on this film's borrowed bones: They're polished to an exquisitely tasteful shine, but efforts to class up exploitation are pointless.
  29. Reviewed by: Eric Alt
    38
    We'd really like to crawl into William Hurt's head and experience whatever movie he thought HE was making.
  30. 30
    Monumentally terrible but far too bizarre to be boring.
  31. If plots were people, this obese thing would be cuing up for liposuction. Mr. Brooks may well boast the greediest yarn in the annals of filmdom. One serial killer just doesn't cut it – no fewer than four, actual and potential, pack these frames.
  32. Mr. Brooks manages to be deeply loathsome -- no small feat for a film that's shallowly amateurish.
User Score
8.8

Universal acclaim- based on 313 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 38
  2. Negative: 6 out of 38
  1. Mar 30, 2013
    7
    Some may say that Mr. Brooks had too many twists to it. Mr. Brooks is an amzingly setup and strangely dark thriller that kept interested theSome may say that Mr. Brooks had too many twists to it. Mr. Brooks is an amzingly setup and strangely dark thriller that kept interested the whole time Full Review »
  2. Aug 29, 2012
    8
    I loved this movie and I think it deserves an 8 because yes the movie had just the right amount of tension and you felt for the characters.I loved this movie and I think it deserves an 8 because yes the movie had just the right amount of tension and you felt for the characters. The only thing that I wish was in this movie was a couple of flash backs to show how he started. I would love to see a pre-qual to this movie to see the start of Mr. Brooks and then the movie could leave off where this movie started. Full Review »
  3. Jun 10, 2012
    0
    The movie was great for the first 20 mins or so, but then started getting worse and worse. There were multi plots happening, it felt like theThe movie was great for the first 20 mins or so, but then started getting worse and worse. There were multi plots happening, it felt like the writers were running out of ideas. They were coming up with these stupid ideas left and right. Avoid this movie! Full Review »