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Jim Sheridan's film, adapted from Susanne Bier's 2004 movie, concerns Captain Sam Cahill (Tobey Maguire), a Marine who receives orders to ship out for yet another tour of duty in Afghanistan. But before he leaves his supportive wife, Grace (Natalie Portman), and his two elementary-school-age daughters, Sam picks up his black sheep brother, Tommy (Jake Gyllenhaal), who has finished a prison stretch for robbing a bank. While overseas, Sam's aircraft gets shot down and he's thought dead. Back home, irresponsible Tommy gets his act together in order to be an anchor for Grace and… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 62%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It takes two-thirds of the film for any scene of real emotional truth or power to emerge - and by then we're lost."
‑ Dave Calhoun, Time Out
"Sheridan seems as conflicted as the Cahills about their virtues and failings."
‑ Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times
"Anyone fond of Danish director Susanne Bier's 2004 original should steer clear of this ill-advised though faithful remake by Jim Sheridan."
‑ Laura Kern, Film Comment Magazine
"Brothers is that rare type of film; one that feels real and true, never forcing itself to conform to the expectations of what a movie should contain."
‑ Simon Miraudo, Quickflix
"Serves as a reminder that Maguire and Portman are more than up to the task of handling much weightier and demanding material."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"A soap opera ensues with more clichés than one movie can survive."
‑ Rex Reed, New York Observer
"After watching this movie, I had what you might call Portman Traumautic Stress Disorder, a condition that leaves you twitchy, irritable, and in need of a well-acted light comedy."
‑ Dana Stevens, Slate
"A gritty sibling saga offers a strong reinforcement of the reality that, for many returned soldiers, some battle scars never heal."
‑ Neil Pond, American Profile
"Tobey Maguire's jaw seems squarer, his eyes electrified and - as Sam's features harden - like Robert De Niro circa "The Deer Hunter." When Sam snaps - all snarls, snot and spit - Maguire and Jim Sheridan place you in his percussive, throbbing psyche."
‑ Nick Rogers,
"Quite literally a kitchen sink drama, Brothers eschews the returning soldier platitudes as well as the conventional love triangle. Instead Sheridan sticks to the characters, letting the story unfold through some truly exceptional performances."
‑ Alice Tynan, The Vine
"Brothers, the new home-from-the-war film, written by David Benioff and directed by Jim Sheridan, has been made with obvious devotion and sincerity, and I wish I could take it seriously."
‑ David Denby, New Yorker
"An almost-good movie weakened by its desire to have a major impact, as melodramatic material is heated to boiling over."
‑ Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
"Well-acted war drama is too intense for kids."
‑ Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
"Brothers may look like another veteran adjusting to life at home movie, but the heart of this film is a rich exploration of family relationships."
‑ Cris Kennedy, Screenwize
"A compassionate crafting of lost and found families in wartime, but a seemingly self-censored scenario with the US military establishment and its combat rationale as the troubling invisible elephant in the room."
‑ Prairie Miller, NewsBlaze
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