Brother From Another Planet
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 92%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The two different ends require shifts in point of view that are beyond Sayles's talent as a visual storyteller, and the film does not cohere."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"The movie finds countless opportunities for humorous scenes, most of them with a quiet little bite, a way of causing us to look at our society."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Buoyed by Morton's sensitive performance, the film proceeds as a series of vignettes, some of them unforgettable."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"The principle character is an embellished creation, and serves to exaggerate peoples' intolerance - fundamentally, he is the most removed of Sayles' characters."
‑ Rumsey Taylor, Not Coming to a Theater Near You
"Sayles has done a pile of great films, and this is one of the best."
‑ Scott Weinberg, eFilmCritic.com
"A vastly amusing but progressively erratic look at the Harlem adventures of an alien, a black E.T."
‑ , Variety
"It's a nice, unsurprising shaggy-dog story that goes on far too long."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"A talk-heavy script about racial prejudice and other ills through the eyes of a mute black alien, terrifically played by John Sayles' regular Joe Morton."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Often fascinating, but somehow never truly involving."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"brave and pure and an unlikely (though oddly appropriate) introduction to the first film of Sayles' middle period: Matewan."
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
"Central to the film's deft balancing act between shaggy dog humour and something just a little more serious is Morton's expressive performance as the alien, though the rest of the cast also plays admirably."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"Quirky urban spaceman comedy, that's only moderately funny and observant."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"It may not be the perfect John Sayles film, the perfect science fiction movie or the perfect film about black life --- but it manages to seamlessly mix wit, slapstick, poignancy and politics."
‑ Bob Westal, Film Threat
"Writer-director John Sayles' low-budget, high-concept fable is smart, sensitive sci-fi."
‑ James Rocchi, Netflix
"An excellent example of what can be achieved with a very small budget and a good screenplay."
‑ James O'Ehley, Sci-Fi Movie Page
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