Generally favorable reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 20
  2. Negative: 1 out of 20
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  1. Reviewed by: Alison Macor
    It is a rare treat of a film.
  2. If you want to waste a couple of hours, you can surely do much better looking elsewhere.
  3. 75
    The movie brings into focus how rare religion and spirituality are in American films.
  4. A clever, amiably low-key mix of family drama and romantic comedy.[18 August 1995, Friday, p.C]
  5. The romantic troubles of three Irish-Catholic brothers on Long Island don't amount to a hill of beans in this crazy world.
  6. Reviewed by: Tom Keogh
    A smart marriage of modest technical ambition, sophisticated material, and a hang-loose presentation that belies the production's no-frills sacrifices.
  7. Reviewed by: Ed Brubaker
    It's old-fashioned filmmaking, and more people should do it.
  8. Reviewed by: John Hartl
    It's not a profound film, but it is heartfelt, and Burns has done his best to keep it clear and emotionally direct.
  9. While other films struggle for their effects, Brothers simply lives and breathes, thoroughly likable from beginning to end.
  10. Reviewed by: Anne Harris
    This is, recognizably, an indie film, in the best sense of the term.
  11. 88
    You don't have to be Catholic, or Irish, or even American, to "get it." Burns' language, despite originating on Long Island, is universal in appeal and meaning.
  12. 80
    The women's characters are as well drawn as the men's in a splendidly acted film that captures the confusion of love in ways that are ardent, affecting and wonderfully funny.
  13. Burns has created an endearing gathering of people we all know, and every one of them is so much fun that leaving the theater at the end elicits a touch of regret.
  14. Respectable by the tube's standards, even a cut above dumbed-down Hollywood, but hardly the stuff of creative renewal.
  15. This modest, enormously likable film, about love and temptation and ties that bind, is about brotherhood most of all. [9 August 1995, p.C9]
  16. Reviewed by: Staff (not credited)
    Solid, old-fashioned narrative moviemaking with just enough no-budget cachet to disguise its essential blandness.
  17. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    This meaty Irish stew isn't arty or elliptical. It ought to connect with anyone who's survived sibling tension or romantic fence-sitting. [9 August 1995, Life, p.5D]
  18. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    Good old-fashioned virtues of three-dimensional characters, fine dialogue, recognizable life situations and meat-and-potatoes content.
  19. One of the most enjoyable experiences of the year.
  20. 70
    This knowing, low-budget comedy will appeal to men, who'll recognize their behavior, but also to women, who'll see it as goosing the gander.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 5 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. SeamusM.
    Aug 9, 2006
    Burns captures the moral conflict felt by Irish-American males in this delightful treat of a movie. I wonder if this movie were about 3 Burns captures the moral conflict felt by Irish-American males in this delightful treat of a movie. I wonder if this movie were about 3 Jewish brothers, would Lisa Shwarzbaum and the other 'baum', John Rosenbaum feel a little differently? Full Review »