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Synopsis

Set against the backdrop of 1950s New York, "Motherless Brooklyn" follows Lionel Essrog (Edward Norton), a lonely private detective living with Tourette Syndrome, as he ventures to solve the murder of his mentor and only friend, Frank Minna (Bruce Willis). Armed only with a few clues and the engine of his obsessive mind, Lionel unravels closely-guarded secrets that hold the fate of the whole city in the balance. In a mystery that carries him from gin-soaked jazz clubs in Harlem to the hard-edged slums of Brooklyn and, finally, into the gilded halls of New York's power brokers, Lionel contends with thugs, corruption and the most dangerous man in the city to honor his friend and save the woman who might be his own salvation.

Cast

  • Bruce Willis
  • Edward Norton
  • Gugu Mbatha-Raw
  • Willem Dafoe
  • Leslie Mann
  • Alec Baldwin
  • Michael Kenneth Williams
  • Bobby Cannavale
  • Ethan Suplee
  • Fisher Stevens

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  • Edward Norton's second turn in the directors chair after directing Keeping The Faith (2000).
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Metacritic

38
Sep 12, 2019

Motherless Brooklyn feels altogether too tidy, a film that revives many of the touchstones of noir, but never that throbbing unease that courses through the classics of the genre.

Metacritic review by Jake Cole
Jake Cole
Slant Magazine
50
Sep 10, 2019

Ultimately, frustration and fatigue prevail over the film’s intellectual acuity and political insight; neither is any true emotion ever forthcoming. This is odd and disappointing.

Metacritic review by Todd McCarthy
Todd McCarthy
The Hollywood Reporter
85
Sep 4, 2019

As Motherless Brooklyn reaches back in time to explore racism and New York City’s history, it also brings us urgently back to right now — how we look at politics and leadership, what offenses we’re willing to accept, what ideals are still worth fighting for.

Metacritic review by Sasha Stone
Sasha Stone
TheWrap