Motherless Brooklyn Reviews

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December 10, 2019
Motherless Brooklyn is a love-letter to the long-held focus across film noir on masculinity in crisis, but through Lethem's source material and Norton's deep engagement with it, something genuinely fresh explodes out of seemingly familiar material.
December 10, 2019
My only criticism is that it does take its time, because it's not afraid to indulge in its story...but those moment are far fewer than I thought, and the story is not hard to follow.
December 9, 2019
Too long and occasionally self-indulgent Motherless Brooklyn may be, but it's also beautifully cast and very good indeed.
December 9, 2019
It's an ambitious work of adaptation.
December 9, 2019
The rest is a sluggish film noir pastiche (the setting of the novel has been inexplicably shifted from the late Nineties to the Fifties) that aims to emulate the jazzy intrigue of Chinatown, but delivers only clichés and screen-chewing vanity.
December 9, 2019
Each scene is simply gorgeous, so it's understandable that [Edward] Norton was reluctant to cut it. But a more driving sense of Lionel's journey would have made the film more engaging. Still, this is a skilfully told story packed with wonderful moments.
December 9, 2019
Motherless Brooklyn is pretty long, rather earnest and encumbered with a sometimes heavy-handed Thom Yorke soundtrack. But it also evokes the great noirs of the 1940s, and is oddly engrossing.
December 9, 2019
A neo-noir with brains and social commentary to boot.
December 8, 2019
There's something showy and calculated about the whole thing. Still, it's worth watching...
December 7, 2019
It would be unfairly glib, though, to call Motherless Brooklyn an exercise in style over substance.
December 7, 2019
As it is, his passionate commitment to the story has resulted in the very definition of a vanity project.
December 6, 2019
I liked the mood of this film, and though it goes on a bit, taking Norton's character from one place to another in the story, the ambiance of that time period is there.
December 6, 2019
There is a lot of cramming of a message with a very thin plot.
December 6, 2019
Old school intrigue is replaced by so much of Norton's one-man political grandstanding that the film not only feels off rhythm... Thankfully, it picks up the pace again for a rousing finale that does enough to erase the off-key moments.
December 6, 2019
Motherless Brooklyn has all the elements to make a great crime drama, but it meanders its way into the meh.
December 6, 2019
It's characteristically precise from Norton - as an actor, writer and director - but focusing on its precision obscures how sensitive Motherless Brooklyn can often be.
December 6, 2019
I loved its imperfections almost as much as its beautifully stripped down and ramshackle quality.
December 6, 2019
unintentionally ridiculous vanity project for its writer, director and star Ed Norton
December 6, 2019
Its homage to film noir is over-the-top and borderline parodic -- at times, it's more Who Framed Roger Rabbit? than Chinatown.
December 5, 2019
[A] wonderfully labyrinthine detective movie about a Tourette's syndrome sufferer (Norton) trying to find out who killed his boss amid the municipal power struggles of post-war New York.
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