Metascore
33

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 6 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 6
  2. Negative: 2 out of 6
Watch On
  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: 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.
  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: Peter Debruge
    40
    A heavy-handed redemption story.
  5. 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.' "
  6. 30
    What it possesses in heart and goodwill, it sorely lacks in narrative skill and artistic depth.
User Score
6.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 10 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 4
  2. Negative: 1 out of 4
  1. JayH.
    May 4, 2008
    5
    5.5/10. It means well but winds up too preachy and tackles too many issues for it's own good. Vanessa Williams gives an earnest and 5.5/10. It means well but winds up too preachy and tackles too many issues for it's own good. Vanessa Williams gives an earnest and sincere performance, the rest of the cast does well too. Full Review »
  2. JanetB.
    Apr 17, 2007
    10
    Beautiful work, beautiful lessons, beautiful soul. Every moment I cherished. Acting exquisite.
  3. AdeleS.
    Mar 18, 2007
    8
    A warm love story of two brothers struggling in proverty when faced with the death of their mother. Flashback on train too long, ending too abrupt.