A detective (Demi Moore) dogs a serial killer's (Kevin Costner) trail, while the killer's voyeuristic neighbor (Dane Cook) blackmails him into continuing his deadly hobby.
" Short on laughs, if supremely inoffensive, this sleepy nonentity of a movie finds Mr. Lawrence in his huggable teddy bear mode. "
" What starts out as a delightful black comedy and social commentary ends up, at best, as a guilty pleasure where I had a hard time sorting out the intentional from the unintentional laughs. "
" You know you're in real trouble when Demi Moore's playing the most sympathetic character you have. "
" Certainly more genuinely creepy than many recent thrillers, and the supporting cast is effective. "
" In Mr. Brooks, Bruce A. Evans' fitfully subversive approach to the genre, we get a few fresh takes on the psychology of serial killing. "
" Mr. Brooks spins a web that will wrap you up in nightmares. "
" Quite a few plot lines and character quandaries remain unresolved. And yet the movie makes sense as it stands. After all, one can never know what makes a psychopath tick. "
" The film emerges as a subtle commentary on a disquieting aspect of our current culture -- a commentary on the nature of a masturbatory voyeurism and how it fosters heartlessness by turning other people into objects. "
" The movie is so well made, and so compelling as a portrait of a man at war with himself, that, right up until the end, many people will probably be entertained by its intricately preposterous story. "
" Totally absurd and equally entertaining. "
" [Director] Evans keeps flirting with a potentially rich idea only to surround it with indigestible amounts of silliness. "
" Costner seems to be having some fun playing the respectable guy with an evil secret, but [director] Evans' murky storytelling just weighs him down. Cook has all the charisma of a misshapen mud pie. "
" Far-fetched, flimsy and uninvolving. "
" I count a baker's dozen of movie plots here, a tally so impressive that the qualifier -- all of them are inane -- seems almost ungenerous. "
" Please don't tell me it was supposed to be played for laughs all along, because I don't buy it. Too late to save it from doom, the twists and snafus in Mr. Brooks start coming too fast for the audience to absorb, and the movie turns delusional. "
" The kind of movie that rockets so far beyond the line of credibility and so deeply into the realm of utter stupidity, you start to wonder if the filmmakers aren't putting you on. "
" This wannabe highbrow horror-thriller is a graceless, unfocused piece of work with a central narrative as tonally schizophrenic and wayward as its lead. "
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