Harry Brown
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Academy Award nominee Daniel Barber (The Tonto Woman) makes his feature directorial debut with this gritty critique on contemporary British society starring Michael Caine as an elderly shut-in who's spurred to action by a senseless act of violence. Harry Brown (Caine) resides in a desolate public-housing apartment block as his sickly wife lies dying in a local hospital. He spends most of his days in solitude, only getting out to play the occasional game of chess at a nearby pub with his best friend, Leonard (David Bradley). The days of basic human decency seem to be a thing of the past,… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 64%

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"Caine, that master of gentle sadness, lets us know Harry immediately as a good man trying to get by -- and trying to understand what seems like madness."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"On one side, it's all compellingly believable; on the other, it's simply incredible. We do our best to straddle the rift but, in the end, the gulf proves too wide, the contrast too great, and a tumbling movie takes us down with it."
‑ Rick Groen, Globe and Mail
"By the end, it's turned from a geriatric Death Wish into a one-dimensional Taxi Driver..."
‑ Sean Axmaker, Seanax.com
"Although Caine lives up to expectations in this nicely crafted (though violent) film, the oversimplified story he's given to work with keeps it from the top of Caine's impressive filmography."
‑ Alison Gang, San Diego Union-Tribune
"Maybe Michael Caine just wanted to make his "death wish" before kickin' his "bucket list." Say what you wanna say, but I'd rather watch old-timers bust gums than tandem parachute with Morgan Freeman while John Mayer plays softly in the background."
‑ Mike Ward, Richmond.com
"After a long run of baroquely plotted crime dramas like Layer Cake and Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, it's a little depressing to come across a vigilante drama whose sole twist is its protagonist's advanced age."
‑ Ty Burr, Boston Globe
"The film ranks right up there with Sleuth, Get Carter and Mona Lisa as being amongst Caineâ(TM)s toughest and best performances."
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
""[Caine] elevates this grim vigilante-fest from pretty darn good to essential viewing.""
‑ Steve Newall, Flicks.co.nz
"Harry Brown is a more meditative take on garden variety exploitation, but its attraction lies in the same guilty pleasure centers of the brain that exult in a kind of movie violence that is the very opposite of senseless."
‑ Ian Buckwalter, DCist
"In the hands of a lesser actor, this would feel just as clichéd as it sounds. But Caine brings his smarts as well as his baggage to the character, making him more than another mad-as-hell guy with a gun."
‑ Chris Foran, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
"It's simply the tale of a man who decides to do something and sticks to his guns, so to speak. That the man is played by Michael Caine is what makes it worthwhile."
‑ Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic
"In Gran Torino, Eastwood took on the moral issues that screenwriter Gary Young and first-time director Daniel Barber studiously avoid. It's the difference between riveting and repellent."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"A lot to digest stylistically and narratively, but Harry Brown is developed in an ever-increasing, shock-inducing manner and is undeniably successful."
‑ Perri Nemiroff, CinemaBlend.com
"A very good film -- albeit very violent and bloody -- and contains yet another splendid Michael Caine performance. I'm not complaining too much based on those grounds alone."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"A revenge fantasy that recalls the Charles Bronson Death Wish series and Clint Eastwood's Gran Torino, Daniel ... would be unremarkable if not for the grave, lowered gaze of Michael Caine and the relentless grittiness of its cinematography."
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
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