Motherless Brooklyn Reviews

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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 7, 2019
As it is, his passionate commitment to the story has resulted in the very definition of a vanity project.
December 6, 2019
There is a lot of cramming of a message with a very thin plot.
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
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 4, 2019
A bloated, 145-minute crime flick with a gimmicky protagonist investigating a cliché-prone murder-and-corruption plot.
December 4, 2019
As a piece of storytelling Motherless Brooklyn just feels so lifeless, with any real sense of danger and excitement seeping out of the picture.
December 4, 2019
It's easy to understand why Motherless Brooklyn was a passion project for Norton, but it's unlikely any viewer will be as enthusiastic about watching it as he was about trying to make it for the last 20 years.
December 3, 2019
The laconic narration, predictable twists and corny dialogue all combine to weigh the film down, and convince you that Norton has just spread himself too thin here.
December 2, 2019
Fascinating though it is to see Norton continue Caro's work in scrutinising the legacy of one of Gotham's most influential and controversial figures, Norton's anti-capitalist message is undermined by his film's sentimental tendencies.
November 27, 2019
Motherless Brooklyn is like a new novel inspired by an old novel that, honestly, wasn't that inspiring in the first place.
November 22, 2019
I'll stop short at calling it embarrassing, but the line hovers mere inches away.
November 20, 2019
Norton offers up a mostly impenetrable narrative that's almost entirely lacking in an entry point...
November 15, 2019
Written, produced, directed by and starring Edward Norton, Motherless Brooklyn is the sort of passion project that is made only when someone loses a bet. That, or Norton had some quality dirt on a top-level Warner Bros executive.
November 14, 2019
Edward Norton's Motherless Brooklyn is an embarrassment to white liberalism. Yet the film's shameless conceit is also a monument to white liberal narcissism.
November 12, 2019
Motherless Brooklyn is easy on the eyes... But the movie is overlong and unfocused, too, and there's almost no emotional purchase, even as stakes escalate.
November 12, 2019
A beautifully made meandering mess of a film.
November 11, 2019
Norton has compared the movie to Chinatown (1974), but it's more like The Two Jakes (1990).
November 8, 2019
It's clear that this tale of civic corruption wanted to be the East's Chinatown. With its jazzy score, city conspiracies and the uncertainty of the femme fetale's father, the only thing that's missing is the actual grit.
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