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 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 3, 2019
I'm sure that the actor and director Edward Norton is often the smartest person in the room. But thinking one is the smartest person in the room can be a bad idea.
November 3, 2019
"Motherless Brooklyn" wants to be taken seriously, but it's like a tip written on a matchbook that's been smudged out by the rain. It leads nowhere.
Top Critic
November 3, 2019
Motherless Brooklyn is so messy, confusing and pointless that you don't know what's going on half the time, and couldn't care less.
November 2, 2019
...an effective mood piece and a worthy entry in the genre.
November 1, 2019
It's got giant scope, but it is so slow. It is a real slog to sit through... Also, Norton's performance is really mannered and over the top.
November 1, 2019
Still, the milieu and message of "Motherless Brooklyn" ring startlingly true, at a time when raw power, rank impunity and ruthless greed are as ascendant as ever.
November 1, 2019
In that sense, "Motherless Brooklyn" might be described as novelistic, and in a good way.
November 1, 2019
When brassy Cherry Jones shows up as a Jane Jacobs in all but name, shouting down the builders, you wish Norton would commit to the real-life showdown he'd clearly rather be making.
November 1, 2019
At best, the socio-historical drama version of Motherless Brooklyn is an interesting idea for a movie-one that should have stayed on the page.
November 1, 2019
"Motherless Brooklyn" is the kind of knotty, ambitious, character-rich, politically conscious entertainment the studios so rarely get behind anymore, you can't help wishing it were better.
October 31, 2019
Even if the big thematic statements are less than subtle, the story is solid and thought-provoking, and the performances are just stylized enough to match the intensity of Norton's deep-dive performance.
Top Critic
October 31, 2019
A mediocre municipal noir that's a copy of a copy of Chinatown, like an East Coast cover of L.A. Confidential.
October 31, 2019
I wish the bones of "Chinatown" weren't so evident. But if you're going to nod to a classic thriller, "Chinatown" is a good one to pick, and "Motherless Brooklyn" has many other things going for it...
October 31, 2019
Manages to seem like a paint-by-numbers detective story even as it ambles through a byzantine narrative.
October 31, 2019
"Motherless Brooklyn" is done well enough that you wish it had struck out on its own path, rather than crib from Robert Towne and Roman Polanski. It's hard to forget it, but that's "Chinatown."
October 31, 2019
This is far from a perfect movie, but it's passionate, controlled and smart -- a throwback to another era of American cinema, not just American life.
October 31, 2019
"Motherless Brooklyn" is a very smart movie, bristling with ideas about history, politics, art and urban planning.
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