critic Reviews63% Fresh Tomatometer Score63%
- Motherless Brooklyn's imposing length requires patience, but strong performances and a unique perspective make this a mystery worth investigating.
- Fresh Tomatometer ScoreSandra HallSydney Morning Herald
If that sounds worthy, well-meaning and incredibly dull, I can only say that Norton makes it work, spinning it into a twisting narrative that, admittedly, does require your concentration.Read full article
- Rotten Tomatometer ScoreKevin MaherTimes (UK)
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.Read full article
- Rotten Tomatometer ScoreDavid SextonLondon Evening Standard
As it is, his passionate commitment to the story has resulted in the very definition of a vanity project.Read full article
- Rotten Tomatometer ScoreClarisse LoughreyIndependent (UK)
Its homage to film noir is over-the-top and borderline parodic -- at times, it's more Who Framed Roger Rabbit? than Chinatown.
- Fresh Tomatometer ScoreRobbie CollinDaily Telegraph (UK)
It took Norton two decades to get Motherless Brooklyn made, and the result is a film that's wondrously out of time: one in which the hero isn't out to save the world, just understand it.Read full article
- Rotten Tomatometer ScoreNigel AndrewsFinancial Times
A bloated, 145-minute crime flick with a gimmicky protagonist investigating a cliché-prone murder-and-corruption plot.Read full article
- Fresh Tomatometer ScoreAlex HudsonExclaim!
At a time when some politicians celebrate an idealized vision of 1950s white Americana as a way to justify discrimination, it follows that a 1950s film noir is an effective format for a social critique.Read full article
- Fresh Tomatometer ScoreJames CrootStuff.co.nz
This beautifully crafted, deliciously compelling, chillingly atmospheric film noir is a fabulous showcase and reminder of the talented 50-year-old actor.Read full article
- Fresh Tomatometer ScoreSantiago AlverúCinemanía (Spain)
Although it's worth watching... the balance between the languid tone and its protagonist's stuttering is not sustained during the two and a half hours of footage. [Full review in Spanish]Read full article
- Fresh Tomatometer ScoreCaroline MaddenScreen Queens
Edward Norton's sincere, hyper-stylised approach is both lovingly old-fashioned and refreshingly modern, crafting an impressive and thoroughly riveting mystery.Read full article