Harry Brown
Harry Brown (2010)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: April 30, 2010
DVD Release Date: August 31, 2010
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Critic Score: 64% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Its lurid violence may put off some viewers, but Harry Brown is a vigilante thriller that carries an emotional as well as a physical punch, thanks to a gripping performance from Michael Caine in the title role.

Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

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.

Rick Groen
Globe and Mail

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.

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Sean Axmaker

By the end, it's turned from a geriatric Death Wish into a one-dimensional Taxi Driver...

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Ty Burr
Boston Globe

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.

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Peter Howell
Toronto Star

The film ranks right up there with Sleuth, Get Carter and Mona Lisa as being amongst Caineā(TM)s toughest and best performances.

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Steve Newall

"[Caine] elevates this grim vigilante-fest from pretty darn good to essential viewing."

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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic

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.

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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

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.

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Perri Nemiroff

A lot to digest stylistically and narratively, but Harry Brown is developed in an ever-increasing, shock-inducing manner and is undeniably successful.

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Jim Hunter
An ex-Marine becomes a vigilante in a crime-ridden estate. Michael Caine is a vulnerable badass and gives a strong performance in the lead role of this morose… More
Jens S.
A bitter and disenchanting look at urban violence in modern England. An old man and former Marine is facing more and more deaths and crime in his neighborhood… More
David Ladd
The premise to this film is as simple as they get. Michael Caine's ex-marine Harry Brown lives in a slum somewhere in London. He's a widower with just… More
Stuart Brooks
Depressingly realistic film about a british OAP who finally has enough and decides it's time to clean up his council estate. Death Wish meets cocoon.
Stephen M
Disappointing, considering the praise heaped upon it, particularly by the British film press. It's certainly a brave choice of project for Michael Caine,… More

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