The Brother from Another Planet
The Brother from Another Planet

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A mute alien with the appearance of a black human is chased by outer-space bounty hunters through the streets of Harlem.

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eFilmCritic.com - 10/10 by Rob Gonsalves Joe Morton gives a great silent performance.
Ozus' World Movie Reviews - 9/10 by Dennis Schwartz Quirky urban spaceman comedy, that's only moderately funny and observant.
Chicago Reader - 9/10 by Dave Kehr The two different ends require shifts in point of view that are beyond Sayles's talent as a visual storyteller, and the film does not cohere.
Chicago Sun-Times - 9/10 by Roger Ebert The movie finds countless opportunities for humorous scenes, most of them with a quiet little bite, a way of causing us to look at our society.
LarsenOnFilm - 8/10 by Josh Larsen ...nearly topples over from the weight of its social commentary.
Spirituality and Practice - 8/10 by Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat Affirms the triumph of conscience and community over death dealers of all stripes.
Sci-Fi Movie Page - 8/10 by James O'Ehley An excellent example of what can be achieved with a very small budget and a good screenplay.
eFilmCritic.com - 8/10 by Scott Weinberg Sayles has done a pile of great films, and this is one of the best.
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC) - 8/10 by Ken Hanke Often fascinating, but somehow never truly involving.
Film Threat - 8/10 by Bob Westal It may not be the perfect John Sayles film, the perfect science fiction movie or the perfect film about black life --- but it manages to seamlessly mix wit, slapstick, poignancy and politics.
Time Out - 8/10 by Geoff Andrew Central to the film's deft balancing act between shaggy dog humour and something just a little more serious is Morton's expressive performance as the alien, though the rest of the cast also plays admirably.
Not Coming to a Theater Near You - 6/10 by Rumsey Taylor The principle character is an embellished creation, and serves to exaggerate peoples' intolerance - fundamentally, he is the most removed of Sayles' characters.

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