The trailer for this flick is heavy, and on the surface the movie appears to be an Oscar contender. Plus, Tobey Maguire looks a heck of a lot like Travis Bickle (from Taxi Driver, nominated for Best Picture in 1977). What do the critics think so far?
"The film is gripping — an honorable and beautifully acted addition to the tradition of homefront war stories."
— Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
"Brothers isn't badly acted, but as directed by the increasingly impersonal Jim Sheridan (In America), it's lumbering and heavy-handed, a film that piles on overwrought dramatic twists until it begins to creak under the weight of its presumed significance."
— Owen Gleiberman, Chicago Tribune
"...a solidly accessible, admirably serious yet not entirely realized picture."
— Justin Chang, Variety
"...remake of a Danish film has much to admire but never comes together with the impact of the original."
— Kirk Honeycutt, Hollywood Reporter
"Jim Sheridan's remake of Danish director Susanne Bier's 2005 original on the familial and psychic trauma caused by Operation Enduring Freedom feels like Operation Endurance."
— Melissa Anderson, Village Voice