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Four Brothers

action & adventure, drama, thrillers


Four brothers look to avenge their mother's death.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    53%
  • Audience Score
    81%

common sense

NOT FOR KIDS 0
Consumerism
3 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
Language
5 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
Sex
3 out of 5
Violence
5 out of 5

A rowdy, brutal revenge movie -- not for kids.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that the movie features relentless violence and harsh, action-hero language (repeated uses of "f--k" in jest and malice). The mother's murder is made visible on a convenience store video tape, with cuts to the brothers' horror and grief. Characters smoke cigarettes and marijuana, drink beer and liquor, play rough pickup hockey, and chase down culprits who wear ski masks or otherwise look menacing. The shootouts involve large, automatic weapons (lots of shots fired). One character falls out a window and breaks his leg (the injury is shown in close-up), others are shot to pieces, with very visible blood and mangling.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the film's mixed messages about violence: it's bad when "gangs" or thugs use it against citizens, but fine and even celebrated when deployed by the vengeful heroes. How do corrupt law and municipal officials, in league with the central villain, create a sense of pervasive dishonesty? How do women characters appear as stereotypical sexual or maternal figures? How does the film promote the brothers' bonding, at the expense of civil order or even hope for any justice aside from murdering the villains?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

  • Tomatometer®

    53%
    reviews counted: 26
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  • Audience

    81%

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: As a vivid, bloody piece of escapist gimmickry, it works.

- Amy Biancolli, Houston Chronicle, Friday, August 12, 2005

Fresh: Easily the best 1975 B-movie made in 2005, Four Brothers is a raucously entertaining vigilante film.

- Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer, Friday, August 12, 2005

Fresh: ...a welcome throwback to the sort of over-the-top actioners that were prevalent twenty years ago.

- David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews, Saturday, July 21, 2007

Audience Reviews

2 stars

weak.

- citawijaya, Monday, August 16, 2010

3 stars

I watched this on TV so I probably saw a completely different movie. Not bad, over the top, acting so so. Mark Wahlberg plays the tough guy, Andre 3000 really forcing the acting career, I don't know what Tyrese is up to, and the antagonist is pretty much Denzel Washington's character in Training Day.

- Chiefilms, Sunday, April 25, 2010

4 stars

Spectacular action entertainment. A powerful film. A great movie. Fast-paced, thrilling, frequently funny, gripping and emotional. It's pulse-pounding, compelling and electrifying. The chemistry of the four actors is terrific. Mark Wahlberg, Tyreese Gibson, Andre Benjamin and Garret Hedlund all turn in powerhouse performances right from the heart. A total knockout. It's a hard hitting action-packed thriller. It's raw emotion, riveting drama, wicked humor and explosive action put into one great film that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Director, John Singleton's best film since Boy's 'N the Hood. A full-throttle adrenaline-rush.

- allan913, Thursday, February 18, 2010