Agnes and His Brothers
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This is a portrait of a peculiar group -- three brothers, their father and one son -- whose dysfunctions subvert any chance of domesticity. The three brothers are quite the trio: a chronic masturbator, a brother who is now a sister and a Green Party leader with a bickering marriage and delinquent adolescent son.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 42%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It's a slick, ambitious movie that doesn't always nail all the many moods and themes it's after. But the actors give it force and depth."
‑ Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
"In shuttling between drama and farce, more than a few balls get dropped."
‑ Jay Weissberg, Variety
"Has much to recommend"
‑ Eric Monder, Film Journal International
"[The film] isn't especially engaging, despite a quietly charismatic performance by Weiss, a relative newcomer who holds his own against far more experienced actors."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Effectively mixes humor with melodrama to deliver an absorbing look at 3 brothers with enormous emotional problems."
‑ Harvey S. Karten, Compuserve
"The film's outrageousness would be more palatable if leavened with more wit, or if the characterizations possessed more nuances."
‑ Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter
"There's fierce energy and -- thanks to the performances -- affecting emotion in the movie that almost makes you forget that Rainer Werner Fassbinder told a similar story much better 28 years ago with In a Year with 13 Moons."
‑ Gene Seymour, Newsday
"Neither Agnes nor his brothers ever feel real enough to truly shock."
‑ Jurgen Fauth,
"Where Roehler spends the most time, it seems, is with Werner, whose story evolves from satiric parody to compelling family drama -- there are few scenes more satisfying than when he takes a chainsaw to his son's marijuana crop."
‑ Annlee Ellingson, Boxoffice Magazine
"Just as the characters are underthought, the storylines are incongruently pieced together."
‑ Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine
"Writer-director Oskar Roehler spends all his energy on cataloging ''outrageous' behavior, and none on giving the transgressions any meaning."
‑ Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly
"About halfway through, however, the story takes on more than it can handle, turning contrived and unbelievable in the process."
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"some of the best acting to come out of Germany since before the Nazis took over."
‑ Eric Lurio, Greenwich Village Gazette
"Fitfully engaging but narratively messy."
‑ Nick Schager, Lessons of Darkness
"While the script has the occasional hiccough, the impeccable performances of the three actors actually make us care for these dysfunctional brothers."
‑ Boyd van Hoeij,
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