The Brothers Grimsby

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  • Summary: Nobby (Sacha Baron Cohen) has everything a man from the poor English fishing town of Grimsby could want – 9 children and the most attractive girlfriend in northern England (Rebel Wilson). There’s only one thing missing in his life: his little brother, Sebastian (Mark Strong). After they wereNobby (Sacha Baron Cohen) has everything a man from the poor English fishing town of Grimsby could want – 9 children and the most attractive girlfriend in northern England (Rebel Wilson). There’s only one thing missing in his life: his little brother, Sebastian (Mark Strong). After they were adopted by different families as children, Nobby spent 28 years searching for him. Upon hearing of his location, Nobby sets off to reunite with his brother, unaware that not only is his brother an MI6 agent, but he's just uncovered a plot that puts the world in danger. On the run and wrongfully accused, Sebastian realizes that if he is going to save the world, he will need the help of its biggest idiot. Expand

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 34
  2. Negative: 11 out of 34
  1. Reviewed by: Darren Franich
    Mar 10, 2016
    83
    Here’s what you didn’t expect: That The Brothers Grimsby, an upstairs-downstairs spy comedy, would be Cohen’s best work in a decade.
  2. Reviewed by: Tim Cogshell
    Mar 22, 2016
    67
    The raunchy awfulness of The Brothers Grimsby is overwhelmed by a constant flow of chuckles, guffaws and flat-out belly laughs it elicits throughout.
  3. Reviewed by: Barry Hertz
    Mar 18, 2016
    63
    When the film’s pace slows down every now and then, and Cohen gets room to breathe, the film is a genuine riot.
  4. Reviewed by: Peter Travers
    Mar 10, 2016
    50
    It's the strafing satire that's MIA.
  5. Reviewed by: Guy Lodge
    Feb 23, 2016
    40
    Baron Cohen’s unflinching ability to play dumb is still good for a few chuckles, making some of the film’s funniest moments out of its most innocent quips.
  6. Reviewed by: Brian Truitt
    Mar 10, 2016
    38
    Isn’t nearly as funny as it thinks it is spoofing spy tropes and buddy films and making a mockery of AIDS, politicians, movie stars and working-class Brits.
  7. Reviewed by: Drew McWeeny
    Mar 10, 2016
    0
    An entirely laughless affair and easily the low point of Cohen's career so far.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 28
  2. Negative: 6 out of 28
  1. Mar 11, 2016
    9
    Just as hilarious as it is outrageous The Brothers Grimsby finds multiple ways to get even more crazy throughout. Funny note is I noticedJust as hilarious as it is outrageous The Brothers Grimsby finds multiple ways to get even more crazy throughout. Funny note is I noticed about 10 people leave during the film... If you that deeply offended by the movie--congratulations. Expand
  2. May 24, 2016
    9
    Everything you will expect from a Sacha Baron Cohen's film plus interesting action (but the eye filming effect made it hard to understand). IfEverything you will expect from a Sacha Baron Cohen's film plus interesting action (but the eye filming effect made it hard to understand). If you get offended easily avoid it. Expand
  3. Apr 4, 2016
    8
    This movie is not highbrow, it's crude and rude and will offend many. However I found myself crying with laughter at various points in theThis movie is not highbrow, it's crude and rude and will offend many. However I found myself crying with laughter at various points in the movie and the absurdity of many of the scenes. The action scenes are filmed well and the characters are believable enough the serious parts to stand up on their own. Expand
  4. Apr 18, 2016
    6
    -Grimsby (released in the United States as The Brothers Grimsby) is a 2016 British–American spy action comedy film directed by Louis Leterrier-Grimsby (released in the United States as The Brothers Grimsby) is a 2016 British–American spy action comedy film directed by Louis Leterrier and written by Sacha Baron Cohen, Phil Johnston, and Peter Baynham. The film stars Baron Cohen, Mark Strong, Rebel Wilson, Isla Fisher, Annabelle Wallis, Gabourey Sidibe, Penélope Cruz, and Ian McShane. It was released by Columbia Pictures on 24 February 2016 in the United Kingdom and 11 March 2016 in the United States.

    --Filming:

    -Principal photography of the film commenced on 4 June, at North Weald railway station, and around the Epping Forest area in Essex, England. The shooting lasted for six weeks in the UK and then moved to South Africa. On 3 July, comedian Eric Idle tweeted a photo from the set with Baron Cohen. On 10–11 July, Baron Cohen was filming Grimsby in Tilbury, which was turned into 1980s Grimsby. On 14 July, Baron Cohen and Strong were spotted filming some scenes for the film in the streets. A number of residents of Grimsby were angry with Baron Cohen portraying their town as a rubbish-strewn, violent ghetto in which drunks urinate from windows and mothers hand children cans of beer in the street.

    --Critical response:

    -On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has a rating of 38%, based on 114 reviews, with an average rating of 4.7/10. The site's consensus reads, "The Brothers Grimsby showers viewers with a steady stream of Sacha Baron Cohen's edgy humor, but too many gags hit the wrong side of the line between audacious and desperate." Metacritic gave the film a score of 44 out of 100, based on 34 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews". Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "B+" on an A+ to F scale.
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  5. Mar 26, 2016
    5
    While "Grimsby" does have it's moments of hilarity unfortunately they were very few and far between and not because of a lack of jokes butWhile "Grimsby" does have it's moments of hilarity unfortunately they were very few and far between and not because of a lack of jokes but because a vast majority of them were not all that funny, the action sequences were also filmed like **** Expand
  6. May 5, 2016
    4
    Grimsby has it's laughs in there for sure, all mainly thanks to Sacha Baron Cohen's portrayal of a football hooligan. He offers the mainGrimsby has it's laughs in there for sure, all mainly thanks to Sacha Baron Cohen's portrayal of a football hooligan. He offers the main laughs/giggles/grins, but the rest of the humor consists of film references and super gross situational humor (elephants...just saying). Overall, better than The Dictator, nowhere near as good as Borat - but not comparing it to those films it's just not funny enough to recommend. Next time Sacha. Expand
  7. May 30, 2016
    0
    I don't mind vulgur movies but this one went overboard on some things. Which I wouldn't mind if it was funny but the problem is it wasn't.I don't mind vulgur movies but this one went overboard on some things. Which I wouldn't mind if it was funny but the problem is it wasn't. There are some parts that will make you laugh but overall the movie is ridiculous. Cohen's worst movie. Expand

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