Brothers (2009)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: December 4, 2009
DVD Release Date: March 23, 2010
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Critic Score: 64% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: It plays more like a traditional melodrama than the Susanne Bier film that inspired it, but Jim Sheridan's Brothers benefits from rock-solid performances by its three leads.

Ed Koch
The Atlantic

Although Brothers is not a first-rate film, it informs us about the after-effects of war and is worth seeing while we wait for better ones to come along.

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David Denby
New Yorker

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.

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Candice Frederick
Reel Talk Online

... subtly yet brilliantly captures one soldier's fight to end the war in his mind months after leaving the battlefield.

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Dave Calhoun
Time Out

It takes two-thirds of the film for any scene of real emotional truth or power to emerge - and by then we're lost.

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Amy Nicholson
I.E. Weekly

When Carey Mulligan (the breakout star of An Education) pops up in a cameo, you realize how rich the film would be with her in the lead.

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Laura Kern
Film Comment Magazine

Anyone fond of Danish director Susanne Bier's 2004 original should steer clear of this ill-advised though faithful remake by Jim Sheridan.

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Rex Reed
New York Observer

A soap opera ensues with more clichés than one movie can survive.

Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times

Sheridan seems as conflicted as the Cahills about their virtues and failings.

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Neil Pond
American Profile

A gritty sibling saga offers a strong reinforcement of the reality that, for many returned soldiers, some battle scars never heal.

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Flixster Audience Score: 62% Flixster User Reviews
Red Lats
I can't even imagine being Sam Cahill and going through what he did. This is a powerful movie and necessarily is left unfinished.
Nicki Marie
Found the first half strangely unemotional (I mean, just speaking for myself, if I thought my husband had died in the war, and then he turned up, I would be in… More
Melvin White
Sam Cahill: You know what I did to get back to you? You know what I did?  "There are two sides to every family" I've seen Brothers twice now,… More
Sophie Burgess
An insanely interesting film looking at the sociology of moving on after a loved ones death, and then moving on after discovering that wasn't true.… More
Albert Kim
An incredibly well-acted movie. Toby Maguire, Natalie Portman, and Jake Gyllenhaal were all terrific. They took a cheesy, weak screenplay and made it believable… More
Kevin M. Williams
What happens to our people in war, why do they come back so changed, so broken? This film centers on one family's ordeal when the favorite son finally… More