Leah Greenblatt
May 12, 2010 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Brothers

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
110 minutes
Wide Release Date
12/04/09
performer
Jake Gyllenhaal, Tobey Maguire, Natalie Portman, Clifton Collins Jr., Sam Shepard
director
Jim Shepard
author
David Benioff
genre
Drama, War

We gave it a B+

In the blues-rock revivalism racket, the Black Keys have consistently been cast as Jan to the White Stripes’ Marcia — disciples of the same two-member garage-boogie grit, only darker, sludgier, more elemental. Six albums in, the Akron, Ohio, duo’s backwoods-Zeppelin shtick remains paramount, but on Brothers, there’s a new kind of shrewdness, too: real songwriting, and real hooks, beneath all that mondo riffage. B+

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