The Brave One Synopsis
A woman loses her fiancé in a brutal attack and begins prowling the streets to find the men responsible. Her pursuit catches the public’s attention, and she must decide whether revenge is the right path, or if she is becoming the very thing she is...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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Home of The (Morally-Conflicted) Brave (One)

By jimchudnow
(Based on seeing an advance preview of the film:) Thankfully, this film did not have the difficult quirkiness of Neil Jordan's 2005 film 'Breakfast On Pluto'. Jodie Foster gives a very strong, stoic...

The "Bain" of her Existence

By janelleca
This film will touch anyone who feels they will never be the same person they were before tragedy, death, or injustice have touched their lives. I loved hearing her short narritives on life in New...

Jodie's Back with a Vengence

By cmacey78
I really liked this movie. Jodie Foster is definately good at playing the tortured women. What's different from this movie and her last, Flightplan, is that you can really feel the pain she is...

The Brave One Review by Pete

By chrisinfl
Watched this Friday the 14th of sept....a very good movie with an excellent plot...but be forewarned, be prepared for a full two hours of movie watching. Not that this is a bad thing. The film takes...

Slow to go, but gets there eventually

By gspot107
Low budget set that has a obessive woman driven to kill all wrong doers, including those who killed her fiance. She suceeds, but not without the help of an african american detective who seems to be...

Brave One Very Entertaining

By pararex
Jodie Foster and Terrence Howard were marvelous in their roles. While others suggest the movie was boring, I cannot. I love to watch Jodie Foster act, so I went to see this movie expecting it to be...

WHY???

By sally_skellington
WHY DO PEOPLE RATE MOVIES THET HAVEN'T SEEN???? STUPIDITY!!!! STOP GIVING MOVIES YOU HAVE NOT SEEN BAD REVIEWS!!!!...

Excellent Film!

By calicassie2007
I just saw this at a screening and I, along with the rest of the audience loved it. There was clapping from the entire audience during several key moments. Surprisingly, there was also a bit of...

The Brave One

By lorilie641
This movie was wonderful! This is the best acting I've seen out of Jodie Foster to date. She made you feel what it was like to lose someone you love and then lose yourself. Terrence Howard's did a...

I loved it

By jacquelinemgs
Jodie plays the same tough role as always BUT iIt kept me guessing and the ending was a surprise....

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Rated R | For strong violence, language and some sexuality
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says not for kids Foster only good thing in violent revenge fantasy.
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