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  • Summary: Consider Mr. Brooks. A successful businessman. A generous philanthropist. A loving father and devoted husband. Seemingly, he's perfect. But Mr. Brooks has a secret -- he is also the notorious Thumbprint Killer and no one has ever suspected it -- until now. (MGM)
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 34
  2. Negative: 7 out of 34
  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. 75
    Listen to me: trash can surprise you. So don't get all elitist about the so-called cheap thrills in Mr. Brooks.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 50
    Beneath its drab veil of self-seriousness, Mr. Brooks is nothing but just plain silly.
  6. 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.
  7. Mr. Brooks manages to be deeply loathsome -- no small feat for a film that's shallowly amateurish.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 31 out of 37
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 37
  3. Negative: 6 out of 37
  1. R.Lopez
    Jan 30, 2009
    10
    Mr. Brooks is a clique film, there's no surprise there. but those cliques end up turning into an original and shocking film that you Mr. Brooks is a clique film, there's no surprise there. but those cliques end up turning into an original and shocking film that you just can't resist. Mr. Brooks delves into deep into the psychological aspect of Multiple Split Personality Disorder or MSPD for short. The films show a man battling with himself, trying to fight the urges to kill. But his other half has such control over him and his desires that Earl Brooks just can't help himself. Mr. Brooks works very well as a film. It tells a story that very few people can relate but most of us can understand, A man battling his inner demons. Trying to resist the urge to kill, trying but failing to break the habit; but the one big question you should be asking yourself is not why but how. How can a mild mannered businessman and father turn into such a monster? That's the big question, and here's the answer, we may never know. Or perhaps we are not meant to know. Mr. Brooks is an amazing film that blends mind blowing suspense and horror that will leave you looking over your shoulders for weeks. I very, very highly recommend this movie. Expand
  2. VilS.
    Aug 8, 2007
    10
    One of the best films, Kevin Costner in one of his best roles ever !!!!!
  3. JenK.
    Nov 23, 2007
    9
    I thought this was one of the best thrillers I've seen in a long time. Most definately the best performance Kevin Coster has ever done.
  4. MaxM.
    Aug 30, 2007
    8
    This movie is why movie critics should be fired. This was campy, creepy fun from the first frame. Hurt, Moore & Costner should be applauded. This movie is why movie critics should be fired. This was campy, creepy fun from the first frame. Hurt, Moore & Costner should be applauded. What a stupid fun movie this is. Expand
  5. FloydH.
    Nov 20, 2007
    8
    I liked this film for the same reasons everyone else did. What creeped me out more than the excellent suspense and acting of this film is how I liked this film for the same reasons everyone else did. What creeped me out more than the excellent suspense and acting of this film is how the paid critics panned it. Generally a film has to fail to kow tow to some PC ethic to be so badly critiqued. Does anyone know who the director pissed off? A lesson to all to pay equal attention to what John Q. Public thinks? Expand
  6. MortezaH
    Jul 25, 2007
    7
    Kevin Costner and William Hurt Make One The Most Disturbing and Yet Amusing Pairs I've Seen In A Movie. If Demi Moore Hadn't Been Kevin Costner and William Hurt Make One The Most Disturbing and Yet Amusing Pairs I've Seen In A Movie. If Demi Moore Hadn't Been So Stereotypically Lame In Her Performance The Movies Awe Might Have Been Preserved. Expand
  7. AuntJemima
    Jun 5, 2007
    0
    The worst movie I've seen this summer. Even worse than Shrek the Third. Dane Cook thinks all it takes to be a dramatic actor is to gain The worst movie I've seen this summer. Even worse than Shrek the Third. Dane Cook thinks all it takes to be a dramatic actor is to gain 40 pounds, shave your head and grow a beard. It may work for Tom Hanks but Cook is better off screaming into a microphone and doing DVD signings at your local Wal-Mart. Expand

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