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Motherless Brooklyn

Movie
2019
2h 25m
R
English
Drama, Thriller
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7.2
Critic Score: 
62
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New York City, 1957. Lionel Essrog, a private detective living with Tourette syndrome, tries to solve the murder of his mentor and best friend, armed only with vague clues and the strength of his obsessive mind.
Motherless Brooklyn Poster

Motherless Brooklyn

R
Movie
2019
2h 25m
English
Drama, Thriller
New York City, 1957. Lionel Essrog, a private detective living with Tourette syndrome, tries to solve the murder of his mentor and best friend, armed only with vague clues and the strength of his obsessive mind.
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Motherless Brooklyn (2019) on IMDb
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62

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Edward Norton
Lionel Essrog
Bruce Willis
Frank Minna
Gugu MbathaRaw
Laura Rose
Alec Baldwin
Moses Randolph
Willem Dafoe
Paul Randolph
Bobby Cannavale
Tony Vermonte
Cherry Jones
Gabby Horowitz
Leslie Mann
Julia Minna
Ethan Suplee
Gilbert Coney
Dallas Roberts
Danny Fantl
Josh Pais
William Lieberman
Robert Wisdom
Billy Rose
Radu Spinghel
Giant Man
Isaiah J Thompson
King Rooster Piano Player
Russell Hall
King Rooster Bassist
Joe Farnsworth
King Rooster Drummer
Jerry Weldon
King Rooster Saxophonist
Eric Berryman
King Rooster Bartender
Nelson Avidon
Jacob Gleason
Joseph Siravo
Union Boss Speaker
Migs Govea
Formosa Bartender
Directed By: Edward Norton
Written By: Edward Norton (Screenplay), Jonathan Lethem (Novel)

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faithful soul says...
3 years ago
Overlong, with a story that could have been told in half the time. Still, the cast are good, especially Norton as the twitchy detective. The plot is as convoluted as Chinatown, a film that this movie resembles in scale. Purists won't care, because the atmosphere the film evokes is enough to hold interest, despite the narrative ramblings. It's a good film, although I think I need to rewatch it to get a fuller grasp of what went down at the end.
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nmahoney416 says...
3 years ago
It's an okay noir movie but there are a lot better. The score is pretty good. The story is generic and it feels very long.
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michaelbecx says...
3 years ago
An above average movie with a good plot. I wouldn't call it life-changing and the twists and turns provided in the story weren't top-notch, however it was an enjoyable ride. The story gripped me and I became invested in our protagonist. The ending was satisfying yet for those always on the lookout for a "good will always win" conclusion won't get it here. I would recommend this movie to those who enjoy grim storytelling and characters that are not defined as good or bad. _Thank you for reading, I hoped this helped you_
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Mr. Sackamano says...
3 years ago
F-f-f-frank! Frank! Frankly-Franko!!! F-f-finally! Finished! Finished!
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Stephen Campbell
3 years ago
**_Looks great and is well acted, but the pacing is turgid_**

>_I raise my stein to the builder who can remove ghettos without removing people as I hail the chef who can make omelettes without breaking eggs._

- Robert Moses; Open letter to Robert Caro, refuting many of the claims in Caro's bio More
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JPRetana
2 weeks ago
Motherless Brooklyn’s lead performance recalls two previous Ed Norton outings: Primal Fear and The Score. In the latter two, Norton plays, respectively, a cold-blooded killer posing as a stuttering altar boy, and a thief posing as a mentally-challenged janitor; in the former, he plays Lionel Essro More
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JPRetana
2 weeks ago
Motherless Brooklyn’s lead performance recalls two previous Ed Norton outings: Primal Fear and The Score. In the latter two, Norton plays, respectively, a cold-blooded killer posing as a stuttering altar boy, and a thief posing as a mentally-challenged janitor; in the former, he plays Lionel Essro More
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SWITCH.
3 years ago
It's a difficult task to pace a noir for a modern audience, and you can feel the two and a half hour runtime. The story is interesting and the parallels to America in the present day are welcomed, but there isn't enough tonal balance to contrast all the shadowy moodiness. The plot is on the more con More
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