• Released
  • March 23, 2012
  • (Limited)
  • NR , 1 hr 32 min
  • Action/Adventure
    Art House/Foreign

New York Observer

By Rex Reed
In retrospect, it's preposterous. But while you're gasping for air, it's one hell of a thrill ride, like being stuck on a malfunctioning roller coaster for an hour and a half at top speed, and unable to get off.
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By Michelle Orange
It wouldn't go so far as to say it feels like you went through Jeremy's ordeal for nothing, but I did wish I had come to know as much about Dorff's character as I did about the size and shape of his nostrils.
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The ride as a whole is at the very least exciting to take part in.
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New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
While we're meant to feel claustrophobic, we're not supposed to fight boredom, which kicks in quickly.
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The New York Times

By Stephen Holden
Brake is a full-scale paranoid nightmare with back-to-back double-whammy endings.
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By Robert Koehler
Mannion's script goes a bit too far in terms of twists, capping the third-act suspense with a plot U-turn, and then another, that leaves audiences feeling played. Worse, the final development loses credibility in retrospect, reducing the film to the level of an exercise in paranoia, effects and one actor's ability to hold attention for nearly 90 minutes.
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New York Post

Director Gabe Torres lobs a twist you'll likely see coming, and another you may not - neither satisfying enough to justify an hour and a half of Dorff-in-a-box.
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Village Voice

By Michael Atkinson
Dorff's mannered Bruce Willis affect seems as insincere as the script, which helplessly loses credibility as info accrues and the narrative unpeels.
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Time Out New York

Primarily a TV director, Torres lacks the chops to delineate Dorff's claustrophobic quarters, and the actor spends most of the movie confusing tough-guy stoicism with simple inertness, despite the occasional Jack Bauer–style yell.
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Slant Magazine

By Andrew Schenker
Until its pair of ludicrous twist endings, which complicates its message and logistics in ways that make little sense, Gabe Torres's Brake plays like a more simplistic version of Buried tailored specifically to a hawkish right-wing crowd.
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38 out of 100
Generally unfavorable reviews
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