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Set against the backdrop of 1950s New York, Motherless Brooklyn follows Lionel Essrog, a lonely private detective afflicted with Tourette's Syndrome, as he ventures to solve the murder of his mentor and only friend, Frank Minna.
Crime Drama - This is a slow-moving period mystery drama
based on the novel of the same name. This is a
starring showcase for
star/director/screenwriter Edward Norton, with
many other familiar stars such as Bruce
Willis, Willem Dafoe, Alec Baldwin, and Gugu
Mbatha-Raw having secondary roles. Language,
violence, and drug use make the film not for
Bruce Willis GLASS, DEATH WISH, EXTRACTION, ROCK THE KASBAH Edward Norton ISLE OF DOGS, COLLATERAL BEAUTY, BIRDMAN Willem Dafoe AT ETERNITY'S GATE, MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS Ethan Suplee THE HUNT, TRUE STORY, WALK OF SHAME, MR. WOODCOCK Director: Edward Norton KEEPING THE FAITH
Roger EbertFull Review Good This is far from a perfect movie, but it's passionate, controlled and smart—a throwback to another era of American cinema, not just American life.
NY PostFull Review Good Norton does a humanizing job of explaining Lionel's unusual brain (he's got a near-perfect memory) and defusing his outbursts with self-deprecation and humor. He also digs into the Moses scandal with an eye toward modern parallels.
Rolling StoneFull Review Very Good Norton the filmmaker has put Norton the actor through the ringer so that we see everything that transpires through Lionel's eyes, working out the mystery as he works it out. For some viewers, this makes the plot too convoluted by half. Screw that. Go with the challenge and Motherless Brooklyn offers a home to the striving mind and heart.
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
Based on a theater exit polling of 49 moviegoers:
TEENS: The two males thought it was a "good/average" movie (enjoyable but nothing special or memorable).
TWENTYSOMETHINGS: The lone male loved "Motherless Brooklyn."
ADULTS: Just over half the males loved this movie with another 15%, or so, indicating that they enjoyed it very much. About 25% felt it was a "good/average" movie with the last 5% disliking it. The female reviews are similar. Half loved "Motherless Brooklyn," with another 30% indicating that they enjoyed it very much. Only 15% rated it as low as "good/average," (enjoyable but nothing special or memorable).