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"Brick," while taking its cues and its verbal style from the novels of Dashiell Hammett, also honors the rich cinematic tradition of the hard-boiled noir mystery, here wittily and bracingly immersed in fresh territory - a modern-day Southern California neighborhood and high school. There, student Brendan Frye's piercing intelligence spares no one. Brendan is not afraid to back up his words with actions, and knows all the angles; yet he prefers to stay an outsider, and does - until the day that his ex-girlfriend, Emily reaches out to him unexpectedly and then vanishes.… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 80%

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"The self-consciously mannered rat-a-tat-tat dialogue also mines a neat overlap between teen slang and noir patois, both of which can be indecipherable to non-initiates."
‑ Ben Walters, Time Out
"Alas, Brick, from writer-director Rian Johnson, isn't as clever as its conceit."
‑ Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
"Noir fits "Brick" like a glove, stylishly injecting assured tough talk, vice-grip tension, black humor, striking sound design and gunshots sounding like locker doors slammed on options. A great detective story and, for some, a high-school flashback."
‑ Nick Rogers, Suite101.com
"Mostly lives up to the hype."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"Whatever it is, wherever it is, whenever it is, it's not remotely like anything else out there."
‑ Rob Gonsalves, eFilmCritic.com
"Like the best noirs, Brick is a triumph of attitude, and there's no arguing that its brand of deadpan cool is precisely unique."
‑ Troy Patterson, Slate
"Brick is smart -- perhaps too smart for its own good at times. But in the end, its affectations add up to entertainment."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"The movie's rigorous dark-lined elegance leaves a punchy aftertaste"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"This glorified student film is only barely elevated by the talented Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Brendan Frye a noir-speaking California high school misfit caught in the violent middle of a drug gang responsible for the death of his ex-girlfriend (Emilie de Ra"
‑ Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com
"Brick exemplifies the difference between a cinematic talent show and mere karaoke."
‑ Rob Humanick, Projection Booth
"It's great to see Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Mysterious Skin) in the juicy role of a high-school gumshoe on the trail of his estranged girlfriend's killers."
‑ David Edelstein, New York Magazine/Vulture
"Smart, stylized teen whodunit with violence and drugs."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media
"That rarest of things: a movie called 'unique' that actually is."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"Brick is a black-comic ballet through the peculiar terrors of suburban adolescence..."
‑ Brandon Fibbs, BrandonFibbs.com
"the school's cliques, cants and "class" politics are shown to be as amoral and impenetrable as any criminal netherworld dreamt up by Raymond Chandler."
‑ Anton Bitel, Eye for Film
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