A Japanese Yakuza gangster’s deadly existence in his homeland gets him exiled to Los Angeles, California where he is taken in by his little brother and his brother’s gang. This is the first English film by Takeshi Kitano.
Rene Rodriguez Kitano's most enjoyable, flat-out fun movie, provided you can stomach the violence.
Andrew Sarris As an actor and writer-director, Mr. Kitano projects an amused irony that makes his films worth seeing.
Desson Thomson Just how many acts of self-inflicted finger amputations do I really want to see?
Mark Rahner Sure to satisfy fans of the laconic auteur.
Eric Harrison Intriguing though uneven.
Terry Lawson This somber and bloody retread is hardly the best place to first make Kitano's intimidating acquaintance.
Steven Rosen Rarely has such an artful aesthetic been used to craft such sadistically violent junk.
Jay Carr There's nothing noble about Aniki's steadfastness; he's a violent thug who's simply more skilled and efficient than the other thugs surrounding him.
Gary Dowell We're made numb to the violence and bored by the lack of plot or character development.
Glenn Lovell What [Kitano fans are] looking for are increasingly novel and outrageous ways to ambush, mutilate and assassinate. And their hero doesn't disappoint.
Loren King For all its arty bloodshed, Brother is disappointingly hollow.
Gene Seymour Riveting, if erratic.
Jonathan Foreman Takeshi's elliptical directorial style is here overwhelmed by the script's crudeness and lack of narrative power.
Michael Atkinson An awkward hybrid of Kitano yakuza satire and 'hood drama.
J. Hoberman The movie's second half ... is tedious and uninspired.