Motherless Brooklyn

Release Date: November 1st, 2019

R |0 min

Plot Summary

Motherless Brooklyn follows Lionel Essrog (Norton), a lonely private detective living with with Tourette Syndrome, as he ventures to solve the murder of his mentor and only friend, Frank Minna (Bruce Willis). Armed only with a few clues and the engine of his obsessive mind, Lionel unravels closely guarded secrets that hold the fate of the whole city in the balance. In a mystery that carries him from gin-soaked jazz clubs in Harlem to the hard-edged slums of Brooklyn and, finally, into the gilded halls of New York's power brokers, Lionel contends with thugs, corruption and the most dangerous man in the city to honor his friend and save the woman who might be his own salvation.

Cast: Bruce Willis , Gugu Mbatha-Raw , Fisher Stevens , Alec Baldwin , Bobby Cannavale , Leslie Mann , Ethan Suplee , Michael Kenneth Williams

Director: Edward Norton

Genres: Crime , Drama

Production Co: Class 5 Films,MWM (MadisonWellsMedia),Warner Bros. Pictures

Distributors: Warner Bros. Pictures

Ratings & Reviews

  • 50
    Todd McCarthyThe Hollywood Reporter

    Ultimately, frustration and fatigue prevail over the film’s intellectual acuity and political insight; neither is any true emotion ever forthcoming. This is odd and disappointing. show more

  • 85
    Sasha StoneTheWrap

    As Motherless Brooklyn reaches back in time to explore racism and New York City’s history, it also brings us urgently back to right now — how we look at politics and leadership, what offenses we’re willing to accept, what ideals are still worth fighting for. show more

  • 38
    Jake ColeSlant Magazine

    Motherless Brooklyn feels altogether too tidy, a film that revives many of the touchstones of noir, but never that throbbing unease that courses through the classics of the genre. show more

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