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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Critic Reviews

  1. 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.
  2. Darts nervously between soap opera and sitcom, rarely blending them in a way that lets the two genres enhance each other.
  3. New York Post
    Reviewed by: Lou Lumenick
    Basically a Lifetime movie that somehow found its way into theaters.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Less like watching a movie than it is like being accosted by one.
  8. The psychological and psychoanalytical probes into sexual and emotional problems keep this reasonably lively.
  9. 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.
  10. Mr. Showbiz
    Reviewed by: Michael Atkinson
    No matter how quotable the one-liners, the movie remains a far stretch from truth or insight.
  11. The movie is perhaps most successful as a preview of greater things to come from both Hughley and Union.
  12. 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.

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