The Brothers


Mixed or average reviews - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 23
  2. Negative: 3 out of 23

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  1. A politically incorrect but often hilarious jam session, in which men and women trade insults like musical licks.
  2. 75
    The movie's a mixed bag, but worth seeing for the good stuff, which is a lesson in how productive it can be to allow characters to say what they might actually say.
  3. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    The pace is fast, many of the performers are attractive, and even the end-credits montage is zippier than usual.
  4. 70
    A lively, affectionate and well-acted romantic comedy, takes a raunchy look at relationships from the black male perspective.
  5. Philadelphia Inquirer
    Reviewed by: Carrie Rickey
    A feeling man's buddy story that's user-friendly to men and women alike.
  6. Boston Globe
    Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    What saves the film is the charm and earthy humor the actors wring from the spectacle of these four guys getting an early jump on their midlife crises.
  7. Chicago Tribune
    Reviewed by: Michael Wilmington
    Overall, The Brothers is glossy fun, but it should have given us more ideas and energy.
  8. Reviewed by: Robert Horton
    Hughley and Jones have an explosively comic chemistry together; her kooky, open-faced looks are a counterpoint to his whipcrack improvisations.
  9. Darts nervously between soap opera and sitcom, rarely blending them in a way that lets the two genres enhance each other.
  10. New York Post
    Reviewed by: Lou Lumenick
    Basically a Lifetime movie that somehow found its way into theaters.
  11. The cast is strong and work together flawlessly, and romantic comedies that take an unabashedly male perspective without being relentlessly vulgar or misogynistic are rare indeed.
  12. A prime reason to see this, if you don't mind some really screechy acting by some of the supporting players and insipid metaphors for love and commitment, is its parade of fine flesh, both male and female.
  13. 50
    While all of the actors are excellent, we sat up whenever Gabrielle Union walked on screen. As the ever-sensible woman who disrupts Jackson's bachelorhood, she projects the pluck, gravitas and beauty of a younger Alfre Woodard.
  14. Less like watching a movie than it is like being accosted by one.
  15. The psychological and psychoanalytical probes into sexual and emotional problems keep this reasonably lively.
  16. 50
    It's an admirable, if clunky, attempt, and though it never quite jels in the way that, say, "Waiting to Exhale" did, it's good to know someone's making the effort to portray black urban males as something other than criminals or crime-fighters.
  17. Mr. Showbiz
    Reviewed by: Michael Atkinson
    No matter how quotable the one-liners, the movie remains a far stretch from truth or insight.
  18. The movie is perhaps most successful as a preview of greater things to come from both Hughley and Union.
  19. 40
    If it registers at all, it'll likely be more because of the fuckability of Morris Chestnut -- a star waiting for a worthy film -- than any insights or memorable moments from the movie itself.
  20. Baltimore Sun
    Reviewed by: Chris Kaltenbach
    As each male-female relationship works itself out in ways either contrived or predictable, here's betting you wind up more disappointed than enlightened.
  21. 30
    An epidemic of solipsism breaks out among four lifelong African American friends when one of them announces his impending nuptials. Cringe-inducing slapstick jockeys for screen time with undermotivated high-volume confrontation.
  22. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    Pic's complete lack of cinematic verve, along with bland tech work, do much to drain the juice out of what should have been a fierce, fun battle of the sexes.

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