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Consider Mr. Brooks: A successful businessman, generous philanthropist, loving husband and father, a true pillar of the community. Everyone says, he’s perfect. Nonetheless, Mr. Brooks harbors a sinister secret—he’s an insatiable serial killer, so lethally clever that no one has ever suspected him—until now.
Suspense Thriller - This is a violent, very dark serial killer thriller, but not a gory
horror movie. Those who enjoy Kevin Costner in heroic roles may be
put off by his villainous turn here. Demi Moore has her first
leading role in many years here. Dane Cook fans may be disappointed
by his fairly straight role here.
PROFANITY: 29 F-words, 5 S-words, 2 GD's, a few others. SEX/NUDITY: Sex with related nudity. VIOLENCE: Bloody shootings and kilings. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Some alcohol. ACTION: None. COMEDY: Some darkly humorous dialogue.
Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Good Mr. Brooks is a curious mix of the campy and the intelligent, of high concept and low psychology. In spite of these contradictions, or perhaps because of them, it works.
USA TodayFull Review Below Average Mr. Brooks is far-fetched, flimsy and uninvolving.
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
Based on a theater exit polling of 161 moviegoers:
TEENS:Only a few teen opinions but they loved it.
TWENTYSOMETHINGS:Seven of the nine males thought it was great, one thought it was average and one didn't like it. The female opinions are even higher. Only one didn't care much for it. The others enjoyed it very much. Easily recommended, especially for the ladies.
ADULTS:The first thing I noticed about the male opinions is the low number of "Fantastic" opinions. Combine that with the high number of "Very Good," and lower, opinions and this tells me that most males enjoyed "Mr. Brooks," at least to some degree, but few loved it. The female opinions are very similar. Since none of the adults truly disliked it, I have no problem recommending "Mr. Brooks."
Earl Brooks (Kevin Costner) has it all: a loving wife (Marg Helgenberger) and devoted daughter (Danielle Panabaker), community standing, and his own thriving business. Mr. Brooks, however, lives another life, unknown to anyone else. He is also the notorious serial murderer branded as The Thumbprint Killer. Though recently inactive, his pathological compulsion is inflamed once again by his cunning, wicked alter ego (William Hurt), whom Mr. Brooks faults for his transgressions. But succumbing to one more malevolent urge to murder an unsuspecting couple, Mr. Brooks commits his first mistake--he is observed by a peeping Tom photographer (Dane Cook), who chooses to blackmail him with a bizarre demand. This last crime, though, also unleashes a tenacious detective (Demi Moore) whose own personal crisis drives her furiously to solve the identity of the Thumbprint Killer, putting her on Mr. Brooks' trail. Now, for the first time, Mr. Brooks faces the endgame -- unless he can continue to conceal his shocking secret life, and his true identity forever.