- Hank Sartin, Time Out, November 18, 2011
- Mark Kermode, BBC Radio Five Live, April 04, 2011
After a long run of baroquely plotted crime dramas like Layer Cake and Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, it's a little depressing to come across a vigilante drama whose sole twist is its protagonist's advanced age.
- Ty Burr, Boston Globe, June 10, 2010
It's simply the tale of a man who decides to do something and sticks to his guns, so to speak. That the man is played by Michael Caine is what makes it worthwhile.
- Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic, May 27, 2010
The film is dark, beautifully half-lit and as controlled as it needs to be so Caine can work his way deeper into the character. His performance is astonishing: Harry is stooped, no longer physically strong, but he has immense reserves.
- Paul Byrnes, Sydney Morning Herald, May 21, 2010
Stylishly filmed in a grimy palette of putrescent green and muddy brown, the movie seems at times almost to revel in the nastiness it depicts.
- Philippa Hawker, The Age (Australia), May 21, 2010
Ill-informed pessimism is bolstered by childish ideas of revenge.
- Dave Calhoun, Time Out Sydney, May 21, 2010
On one side, it's all compellingly believable; on the other, it's simply incredible. We do our best to straddle the rift but, in the end, the gulf proves too wide, the contrast too great, and a tumbling movie takes us down with it.
- Rick Groen, Globe and Mail, May 21, 2010
The film ranks right up there with Sleuth, Get Carter and Mona Lisa as being amongst Caineâ(TM)s toughest and best performances.
- Peter Howell, Toronto Star, May 20, 2010
Harry Brown is cinema for outraged talkback radio callers and tabloid readers as it revels in blatant fear mongering.
- Thomas Caldwell, Cinema Autopsy, May 19, 2010
While Michael Caine delivers a terrific performance, the film's predictable script and poorly developed characters result in an unengaging work
- Jarrod Walker, FILMINK (Australia), May 18, 2010
Unlike most films of its dubious genre, Harry Brown avoids gratuitous gunplay and sensationalism and has a down-to-earth and fallible central character.
- Gavin Bond, Sunday Times (Australia), May 17, 2010
In Gran Torino, Eastwood took on the moral issues that screenwriter Gary Young and first-time director Daniel Barber studiously avoid. It's the difference between riveting and repellent.
- Peter Travers, Rolling Stone, May 14, 2010
Such familiarity can breed contempt among all but the most bloodthirsty, and it would in Harry Brown as well if not for Caine, who somehow breathes life into the most cardboard of characters.
- Tom Long, Detroit News, May 14, 2010
Michael Caine delivers a stunning performance in Harry Brown, a rancid little revenge fantasy that probably doesn't deserve him.
- Ann Hornaday, Washington Post, May 14, 2010
Caine's impeccable performance gives the film unlikely stature. It's impossible to imagine the movie without him.
- Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune, May 13, 2010
Working itself into a lather of confrontation and conspiratorial hooey, Harry Brown ends in a cross fire of incredulity and cliché.
- Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer, May 13, 2010
Harry Brown is a mean and exceedingly well-made little B-picture, but the questions it raises are far too complex to answer with a gunshot.
- Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald, May 12, 2010
Caine, that master of gentle sadness, lets us know Harry immediately as a good man trying to get by -- and trying to understand what seems like madness.
- Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times, July 01, 2010
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