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  • Summary: My Brother is an inner city, New York story of two impoverished boys, one whom is developmentally disabled, and the bond they have for each other. (Codeblack Entertainment)
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 6
  2. Negative: 2 out of 6
  1. 50
    The first half of Lover's film is surprisingly affecting...But the film comes apart in its second half, when James' flight triggers a long series of flashbacks to the brothers' childhood.
  2. Reviewed by: Peter Debruge
    40
    A heavy-handed redemption story.
  3. Reviewed by: Matt Zoller Seitz
    40
    The movie's strongest element is the chemistry between the reflective Mr. Kearse and Mr. Scott (who really has Down syndrome). Improving on its obvious antecedent in "Dominick and Eugene," their relationship feels real, not like a movie contrivance.
  4. Reviewed by: Sam Adams
    40
    My Brother is brimming with would-be life lessons. But the movie goes in so many directions, and follows through on so few of them, that all it transmits is a vague glow. It's watered-down chicken soup for the soul.
  5. 30
    What it possesses in heart and goodwill, it sorely lacks in narrative skill and artistic depth.
  6. Reviewed by: Scott Foundas
    30
    Writer-director Anthony Lover takes such a kid-gloves approach to his handicapped co-star that he achieves the opposite of the intended effect: Every time Scott enters a scene, it's as if someone just told the entire cast "Whatever you do, don't say 'retard.' "
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 4
  2. Negative: 1 out of 4