Motherless Brooklyn

critic Reviews

62% Fresh Tomatometer Score62%
  • Motherless Brooklyn's imposing length requires patience, but strong performances and a unique perspective make this a mystery worth investigating.
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    Matt BrunsonFilm Frenzy
    There's depth in the character and intuitiveness in Norton's interpretation. Consequently, there's value in Motherless Brooklyn as both an interesting character study and a satisfying mystery.
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    Chris KnightNational Post
    So there's much to enjoy, whether you immerse yourself in the gritty city or try to keep ahead of Lionel as he feels his way through the story's central mystery.
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    Bennett Campbell FergusonWillamette Week
    A rich cinematic cake of melodrama and mystery, Motherless Brooklyn proves Edward Norton's directing can be almost as delicious as his acting.
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    Jim JudyScreen It!
    Norton does a decent job wearing his various hats while bringing this tale to the big screen, and I feel the film gets better as it goes. (Full Content Review for Parents - Violence, Profanity, etc. - also Available)
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    Ruth MaramisFlixChatter Film Blog
    Edward Norton's passion project is slow-moving, but still an enjoyable ride with stunning production design of 1950s NYC. I love a good noir mystery that isn't overly grim and violent, and this film fits the bill.
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    Asher Lubertoculturevulture.net
    It's clear that this tale of civic corruption wanted to be the East's Chinatown. With its jazzy score, city conspiracies and the uncertainty of the femme fetale's father, the only thing that's missing is the actual grit.
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    Jackie K. Cooperjackiekcooper.com
    An interesting crime drama that is elevated by the talent of its cast - particularly lead actor/writer/director Edward Norton. He is fascinating to watch as an investigator with Tourettes.
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    Tim AppeloAARP Movies for Grownups
    The smartest whodunit in years, and thanks to genius cinematographer Dick Pope (The Illusionist), the prettiest.
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    Nestor BentancorNestor Cine Desde Hollywood
    Edward Norton is the only breath of fresh air in a genre exercise suffocated by film noir conventions. [Full review in Spanish]
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    Mae AbdulbakiThe Young Folks
    With an overall ambitious vision and a storyline that echoes across the decades, Edward Norton puts his all into Motherless Brooklyn and it shows even when it falters.
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