88

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Where did Hollywood get the conviction that audiences demand an ending that lets them off the hook? Foster doesn't let herself off the hook in The Brave One, and we should be as brave as she is.
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70

The Hollywood Reporter

By Michael Rechtshaffen
A vigilante drama boasting a powerful Jodie Foster performance and carefully weighted direction by Neil Jordan.
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63

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
The movie itself isn't nearly as interesting as whatever it is Foster is trying to work out for its two hours.
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63

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Foster is electrifying as ego and id clash and the movie fires up with genuine provocation.
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63

New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
Not enough to overcome the proven axiom that although you can make a bad movie from a good script, you can't make a good one from a bad one.
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63

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
If only The Brave One had captured more of the complex nature of the fear and paranoia plaguing society since 9/11. Instead, it is a well-made but predictable take on the revenge fantasy thriller, with a female twist.
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58

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Everything about Foster's ocular intensity is riveting, but little in this hushed vigilante drama makes sense.
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50

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
At the film's inconclusive conclusion, the filmmakers strand Erica and Sean in the moral twilight.
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Ruthe Stein
Jodie Foster and Terrence Howard are incredibly compelling and hold your attention despite Jordan's deliberately slow pacing.
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30

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
The drama is repetitive rather than resonant, an over-calculated, under-ventilated studio production -- even paranoid thrillers need to breathe -- whose plot machinery grinds grim and coarse.
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56 out of 100
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