Motherless Brooklyn

critic Reviews

63% Fresh Tomatometer Score63%
  • Motherless Brooklyn's imposing length requires patience, but strong performances and a unique perspective make this a mystery worth investigating.
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    Sandra HallSydney Morning Herald
    If that sounds worthy, well-meaning and incredibly dull, I can only say that Norton makes it work, spinning it into a twisting narrative that, admittedly, does require your concentration.
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    Kevin MaherTimes (UK)
    The rest is a sluggish film noir pastiche (the setting of the novel has been inexplicably shifted from the late Nineties to the Fifties) that aims to emulate the jazzy intrigue of Chinatown, but delivers only clichés and screen-chewing vanity.
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    David SextonLondon Evening Standard
    As it is, his passionate commitment to the story has resulted in the very definition of a vanity project.
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    Clarisse LoughreyIndependent (UK)
    Its homage to film noir is over-the-top and borderline parodic -- at times, it's more Who Framed Roger Rabbit? than Chinatown.
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    Robbie CollinDaily Telegraph (UK)
    It took Norton two decades to get Motherless Brooklyn made, and the result is a film that's wondrously out of time: one in which the hero isn't out to save the world, just understand it.
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    Nigel AndrewsFinancial Times
    A bloated, 145-minute crime flick with a gimmicky protagonist investigating a cliché-prone murder-and-corruption plot.
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    James CrootStuff.co.nz
    This beautifully crafted, deliciously compelling, chillingly atmospheric film noir is a fabulous showcase and reminder of the talented 50-year-old actor.
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    Santiago AlverúCinemanía (Spain)
    Although it's worth watching... the balance between the languid tone and its protagonist's stuttering is not sustained during the two and a half hours of footage. [Full review in Spanish]
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    Caroline MaddenScreen Queens
    Edward Norton's sincere, hyper-stylised approach is both lovingly old-fashioned and refreshingly modern, crafting an impressive and thoroughly riveting mystery.
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    John McDonaldAustralian Financial Review
    When Norton set aside the lead role for himself he was 39. Today he is 50. If we're not overly conscious of his age that's because the character, Lionel Essrog, is one of literature's more unusual private detectives.
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