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  1. Positive: 12 out of 14
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  1. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    Mar 21, 2013
    90
    Nuances of faith, politics and sexual identity enrich what initially presents as a classic good son-bad son tale.
  2. Reviewed by:  John Anderson
    Mar 18, 2013
    80
    An energetic and imaginative tale of siblings at a criminal crossroads and a street movie that is imaginatively, even poetically, shot, the pic nonetheless remains rooted in the turmoil of an immigrant British demimonde.
  3. Reviewed by: Alan Scherstuhl
    Mar 19, 2013
    80
    Despite its moral seriousness, the film's a crowd-pleaser, boasting tense set pieces, a raucous polyglot of voices and accents, beauty-in-poverty streetscapes, and two warm, brawling, big-hearted leads.
  4. Reviewed by: Rex Reed
    Mar 19, 2013
    75
    It’s far superior to what usually comes out of the British slums in the genre of gangland thrillers.
  5. Reviewed by: Mark Jenkins
    Mar 21, 2013
    70
    Shot entirely in Hackney — a mostly ungentrified London borough — My Brother the Devil has a strong odor of authenticity.
  6. Reviewed by: Mike D'Angelo
    Mar 20, 2013
    67
    Director Sally El Hosaini, who also wrote the screenplay, proves better at introducing dilemmas for her characters than at resolving them.
  7. Reviewed by: David Fear
    Mar 19, 2013
    60
    Even those who aren’t well-versed in the-’hood-always-wins dramas can see what’s coming. So it’s to newcomer Sally El Hosaini’s credit that she embeds a tangible, lived-in sense of the region’s diaspora community and urban criminal underbelly (wagwan, near-indecipherable East End patois!) that’s leagues away from anthropological fetishizing.

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