Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
Brick is Bogart goes to high school, in other words, but that thumbnail description doesn't begin to convey the lasting pleasures of Rian Johnson's directorial debut.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Johnson also grabs hold of a fundamental truth and seduces us with it: The schoolyard can be the noirest burg of all.
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The Hollywood Reporter

The mean streets don't get any nastier than the high school parking lots in this cool-crafted mystery.
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
"Sensational" is the word for Joseph Gordon-Levitt (equally striking in Mysterious Skin), who stars as Brendan, the teen outsider who becomes a budding Bogart.
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San Francisco Chronicle

A weird and near-perfect polyglot of indie art film and noir mystery.
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
This movie leaves me looking forward to the director's next film; we can say of Rian Johnson, as somebody once said about a dame named Brigid O'Shaughnessy, "You're good. You're very good."
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New York Post

By Lou Lumenick
It's Gordon-Levitt's pitch-perfect work that makes Brick a hardboiled treat.
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New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
Johnson combines the elements of classic 1940s film noir and "Rebel Without a Cause"-style teen angst in a movie that is as phony as it is ambitious. It's an A+ film school exercise with zero emotional or social impact.
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Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
Has the inherent limits of all movies that feed on movies, rather than life -- it's original, yet it's not.
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
Alas, Brick, from writer-director Rian Johnson, isn't as clever as its conceit.
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72 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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