SilentDawn’s review published on Letterboxd:
What Brick lacks in a homage for Film-Noir is a tangible reverence for the melancholy and patterns of the genre's language. The spirited, flowery conversations between High School students is funny at first, but then deeply sad - a world with hardly any adults, with grown-up children on the edge of a ravine of depression and trauma. If anything, Rian Johnson mines inspiration from the childhood narratives of Stephen King to incorporate a story of withered adolescents having to fight against the sins of the past. You can feel the weight and the pain of an unforgiving world, and the haunting remembrance of someone now lost. With an incredible cast, the writing rises to the task and the result is a capable piece of smooth cinema. Cold to the touch.