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College freshman Adam Buckley sits blindfolded in the back of a van outside of a convenience store as the final step of his initiation into the Sigma Zeta Chi fraternity. Minutes later he finds himself dealing with the fact that a fellow-pledge just got shot while doing it. Frank, the senior fraternity brother in charge of the night's events, is able to get the injured pledge out of the store alive, but the fraternity's troubles are just beginning. Thinking they can get out of the situation without taking the pledge to a hospital, Frank decides the group will handle things themselves.… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 54%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The gathering implausibility is dispelled by a nice ending twist."
‑ Neil Genzlinger, New York Times
""Brotherhood" isn't badly acted or without some skillfully tense moments, but it doesn't have much in the way of entertainment value either."
‑ Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times
"...a passable thriller [that is] disappointingly uninvolving for the duration of its refreshingly brief running time."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"Lean and satisfying."
‑ Ignatiy Vishnevetsky, Ebert Presents At The Movies
"The obvious motif of victory and power becomes the steroids to Brotherhood's raging physicality."
‑ Glenn Heath Jr., Slant Magazine
"Ingeniously constructed and propulsively paced."
‑ Joe Leydon, Variety
"Viewers get paddled into submission in this strident frat-house thriller."
‑ Michael Rechtshaffen, Hollywood Reporter
"Brotherhood has its faults -- the plot unravels a fair bit -- but the Tarantino homage is reasonable and the nightmarish atmosphere well maintained, with bizarre black-comic jolts."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"Here's a tough, twisty, relentlessly paced little indie in which a college frat hazing looks pretty much like a gang initiation."
‑ Stephen Rebello, Playboy Online
"Brotherhood moves fast, but it can't outrun its superficiality."
‑ Mark Keizer, Boxoffice Magazine
"Leanly scripted, directed for maximum tension, fast-moving and filled with a surprising amount of droll humor."
‑ Ernest Hardy, L.A. Weekly
"Despite a running time of less than 70 minutes (minus the credits), still outstays its welcome."
‑ Nigel Floyd, Time Out
"Like its characters, Brotherhood is not a perfect film, but it's a highly effective, jolting and dark ride that plays especially well with an audience."
‑ Peter Martin, Cinematical
"As aggressively unpleasant as the movie often is to watch, the quality of Brotherhood's badness throws the viewer clear, marking it as spectacle -- one notch below ordeal"
‑ Michelle Orange, Movieline
"Just a variant on the old chestnut about a fraternity initiation gone terribly wrong...but told so tautly that you're swept up in it nevertheless."
‑ Frank Swietek, One Guy's Opinion
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