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Christopher R. Smith's rating of the film The Brave One

A movie that's a lot better than it really should have been. Director Neil Jordan elevates a mediocre script into something with style and subtlety, helped along by excellent performances from Jodie Foster and Terence Howard. The heavily coincidence-relying story is predictable and stretches credibility at every turn, and is capped off by an improbable ending. A very uneven film.