• Released
  • September 21, 2012
  • (NY; 9/28 LA)
  • NR , 1 hr 37 min
  • Road Movie
    Musical Comedy
80

Total Film

By Neil Smith
Nods to "Hostel" and "Glengarry Glen Ross" make for a cine-literate affair further buffered by a smart cameo from erstwhile Brat Packer Andrew McCarthy.
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
Deadpan and a bit dopey, Brooklyn Brothers Beat the Best has a shaggy charm, and the chemistry between the tuneful twosome's would-be Sal Paradise and Dean Moriarty makes up for the inevitable rock-and-roll road movie cliches.
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70

Los Angeles Times

By Robert Abele
Although the sentiment threatens to flatten out an intriguingly nervy vibe, Brooklyn Brothers Beat the Best has plenty of rhythmic charm about its responsibility-challenged strivers.
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63

New York Post

By Kyle Smith
Initially, this low-budget film writes a lot of checks on the First National Bank of Whimsy, but I was astonished when none of them bounced.
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60

The Guardian

By Peter Bradshaw
The comedy is at odds, perhaps even at war, with the gravitational downward pull of bittersweet seriousness, and the sucrose content is pretty high by the end. But it's an entertaining film.
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60

The New York Times

Inner child? Open road? No, this film is actually about Mr. O'Nan and his wan, scruffy innocence.
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58

Portland Oregonian

By Marc Mohan
This ode to indie legitimacy proves to be too cartoonish to feel real and not outrageous enough to be memorable.
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40

Time Out New York

This is strictly an amateur-hour affair.
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40

Empire

By David Hughes
Good fun, but O'Nan doesn't take this film nearly as far as it could go, leaving the plot and its characters somewhat two-dimensional in their obvious stereotyping.
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12

Slant Magazine

By Diego Costa
The film has, at its source, a pool of affectations that so often constitute, or plague, American indie films--and, perhaps, American culture more generally.
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54 out of 100
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