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Based on 34 Reviews
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fan reviews ( 43 )
  • 75
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Listen to me: trash can surprise you. So don't get all elitist about the so-called cheap thrills in Mr. Brooks. show more

  • 75
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    The appeal of Mr. Brooks is as obvious as it is hard to resist: Kevin Costner as a serial killer. show more

  • 38
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    Far-fetched, flimsy and uninvolving. show more

  • 10
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    Mr. Brooks manages to be deeply loathsome -- no small feat for a film that's shallowly amateurish. show more

  • 75
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    Entertainingly creepy. show more

  • 75
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    Watching Kevin Costner and William Hurt share grim laughs during Bruce Evans' Mr. Brooks is one of the pleasures of this totally absurd and equally entertaining psychological thriller. show more

  • 40
    Kirk Honeycutt The Hollywood Reporter

    The film feels sleazy and nasty --- but without the pulp kick of filmmakers who know how to do sleazy and nasty. show more

  • 75
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    A curious mix of the campy and the intelligent, of high concept and low psychology. In spite of these contradictions, or perhaps because of them, it works. This is a tense and engaging thriller. show more

  • 63
    Ty Burr Boston Globe

    A fertile example of the Studio Film Gone Berserk, where too many characters and too many story lines geometrically progress until a level of blissful absurdity is reached. show more

  • 50
    Mark Caro Chicago Tribune

    cleverly conceived and professionally executed and to hell with that. It's a serial killer movie in the dime-a-dozen era of serial killer movies, with the selling point being that the murderer is played by a movie star. This way you'll like the guy. show more

  • August 21, 2011 Paul
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    I’ve always been surprised this movie wasn’t more liked by critics. But when one critic doesn’t like a movie, all others can’t like it. For critics, they all have to stick together. But in secret, I’ll bet a bunch of critics loved. Mr. Brooks is well thought out evil. They say there were too many subplots. Excuse me, but there are only two subplots, and both lead to the climax and conclusion of the movie. I saw it for the first time on DVD, and absolutely loved it. So after seeing it, I bought it. Not one of the best movies ever, but definitely the most bizarre. Yet, nobody would have trouble following ********** just the idea of what’s going on, makes your skin curl. I know many cable stations, would not show this, (I’m not going to give the movie away) because of the idea, and the tool he uses to break into houses. Because of both, now the only place you can see it is on stations that edit it. When a movie is wild enough for regular movie stations to ban it that speaks pretty loud. This movi

  • April 14, 2010 ferniedog2u
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    Mr. Brooks was and still is a very interesting and unique thriller in my opinion. While outlandish in some regards and scary realistic in others I found the balance between the two was well placed by director Bruce Evans. Sometimes the fiercest criminals are the ones we do not know about and Kevin Costner does well to convey internal conflict with his sadistic addiction. William Hurt exceeds in playing the demon alter ego that encourages murder and the subplots of the film actually made this thriller of a movie even more intense to warrant at least a second watch. Great film and a personal favorite of the genre.

  • May 22, 2008 gatazeloza68
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    I loved Mr.Brooks ,the truth is that mr.brooks was different and what makes it scary is that we all know that there are people just like him out there...and he never got caught in any other movie he would of died, gotten killed by mr.smith the cops or his daugther but he didnt... but you know what i sit here proud of the fact that i saw this movie four times and ill watch it again ...ICE BERG OF DIFFERENCES...we all think act and express our selfs differently...and personally love this movie and give it FIVE STARS*****

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  • May 22, 2008 mads0
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    My hubby rented this, we had no idea what it was about, and it was pretty darn good. (yes, we live under a rock!) Lots of twists and plenty of suspense. I usually watch these things with my ears plugged and my eyes covered, can't stand thrillers, that being said, I was able to get through this one with little "cover" Not too gory. It was sold to me as a "chick flick" LMAO, it has Costner in it, what can I say? I took the bait, but glad I did!

  • May 22, 2008 jcsndaywatch
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    I enjoyed Mr. Costner and Mr. Hurt. Costner is getting better looking with age. The movie was full of suspense. I got my moneys worth. Those who did not like it, to each his own. I'm going to see it again.!!!

  • May 22, 2008 tramsc5
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    Good Movie! Good role for Kevin Costner. He is accused of being a low keyed boring actor. His style worked in this role. Movie had 2 or 3 plots and was interesting because of them. The main plot was clever and unexpected. Mr. Brooks at times was the "good" criminal if that is possible. Suggest seeing the movie.

  • May 22, 2008 pcat
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    Not only Kevin Costner and William Hurt (yum), but that dreamy hunk that played Smith, Samantha's hot young lover in Sex and the City. Wow, what eye candy, if not for that pesky violence. Actually, a very scary, but good and thought provoking, movie. Murder is a disease, like alcoholism? sometimes you fall off the wagon. Now how scary is that? And his daughter inherits it? and the guy who witnesses the crime wants to be a part of it rather than stop it? Double Yikes!! Is there hope for humanity?

  • May 22, 2008 odsmom914
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    I was very disappointed with this movie. The idea of william Hurt playing his alter ego was disturbing. The fact that he was a totally different person made it very unrealistic. Mr. Brooks relationships with his family had no depth. The Demi Moore character had her own agenda and didn't really seem to be just focused on catching Mr. Brooks. I also didn't like the idea that he got away with the murders. I give it a thumbs down.

  • May 22, 2008 Welcome Homie
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    I came into this movie with low expectations and came out very surprised. This movie is great and any fan of thriller movies should see it. The plot did become a little "out there" near the end, but it is still a good movie and I can't wait for the next two installments. (Yes, this is a trilogy.)

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