• Released
  • September 21, 2012
  • (NY; 9/28 LA)
  • NR , 1 hr 37 min
  • Road Movie
    Musical Comedy
The Brooklyn Brothers Beat the Best Synopsis
Two bandmates embark on a coming-of-age road trip, playing a series of shows and finding their unique style using the sound of children's instruments.
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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60

The New York Times

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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

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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...
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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...
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Rated NR