Brick
Brick (2006)

"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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: August 8, 2006
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80%
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86%



Critic Score: 80% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: This entertaining homage to noirs past has been slickly and compellingly updated to a contemporary high school setting.

Ben Walters
Time Out

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.

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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer

Alas, Brick, from writer-director Rian Johnson, isn't as clever as its conceit.

Nick Rogers
Suite101.com

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.

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Troy Patterson
Slate

Like the best noirs, Brick is a triumph of attitude, and there's no arguing that its brand of deadpan cool is precisely unique.

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Tom Long
Detroit News

Brick is smart -- perhaps too smart for its own good at times. But in the end, its affectations add up to entertainment.

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Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion

The movie's rigorous dark-lined elegance leaves a punchy aftertaste

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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture

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.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Common Sense Media

Smart, stylized teen whodunit with violence and drugs.

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

That rarest of things: a movie called 'unique' that actually is.

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Flixster Audience Score: 86% Flixster User Reviews
Bob Stinson
Hard-boiled High. You know the gimmick right? OC kids do Dashell Hammett - the Maltese Falcon played out in a schoolyard. They keep the undecipherable… More
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Cast: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Lukas Haas, Nora Zehetner, Noah Segan, Noah Fleiss, Emilie de Ravin, Meagan Good, Richard Roundtree, Matt O'Leary, Brian J.… More
Alice Shen
A mystery with nothing to really figure out, ala the all-tell-no-show style of "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy." The scenes are terribly episodic, and… More
Sam Barnett
Brick is an odd little movie, packed with style and unwavering in its own special tone. There are a bit too many characters and not enough explanation, but any… More
Chris Weber
I know this film is several years old, but it makes me happy to see that we still have films being released once in a while that are unique and original, and… More
Kase Vollebregt
'Brick' is a fluid film that strikes all the right chords. The idea of a noir-type film set in a high school was brilliant to me, and Rian Johnson did… More

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