American Violet Reviews

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Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
August 18, 2011
Less a social-problem film than a drama of personal courage.
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
October 15, 2009
While it may be about as subtle as a swinging sledgehammer, it does leave its mark.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com
August 31, 2009
Nicole. Beharie. Remember the name, for if her stunning lead turn is any indication, huge things are in the future.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Sonny Bunch
Washington Times
August 30, 2009
[American Violet] is so compelling and intriguing that it's easy for the audience to forget they're being preached to.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star
July 17, 2009
Put on your outrage cap.
| Original Score: 3/4
Mike Scott
Times-Picayune
July 17, 2009
It does almost everything well, from the direction to the performances. But it does nothing great, dragged down by an uninspired, and oddly uninspiring, script.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Keith Cohen
Entertainment Spectrum
July 16, 2009
Newcomer Beharie gives a polished performance that deserves awards consideration.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Clay Cane
BET.com
June 10, 2009
It's not enough for a movie to have a Black cast for it to be good, it must have good writing, engaging stories and impassioned actors. This film has all three.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Tom Long
Detroit News
May 15, 2009
A well-played if too-familiar story of oppression and injustice.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
May 1, 2009
A conventional but wholly gripping docudrama.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News
May 1, 2009
American Violet is an earnest muckraker about the justice system that won't win points for style, but wins plenty for substance.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
May 1, 2009
Director Tim Disney and screenwriter Bill Haney lay out Dee's story with a minimum of fuss. They are smart enough to realize that the material is compelling all on its own.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Jonathan Curiel
San Francisco Chronicle
May 1, 2009
American Violet dramatizes Kelly's case, and does so in a way that will leave audiences applauding in their seats -- and wondering how much of the film is true.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
May 1, 2009
A torn-from-the-headlines tale of institutional racism and injustice in the Lone Star State of not-so-long-ago, American Violet might not be subtle, but it's certainly powerful.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
April 30, 2009
American Violet feels less like life and unreasonably more like the movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
April 30, 2009
Movingly told and packed with powerful subject matter.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Brian Tallerico
Movie Retriever
April 21, 2009
Thematically, there's a lot to like here, but the execution couldn't be more heavy-handed and two-dimensional.
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
April 20, 2009
...a well acted piece and a scary indictment of the American penal system.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Marcy Dermansky
About.com
April 20, 2009
American Violet is a fine film. Dee Roberts is not an abstract symbol of injustice. To watch a mother be wrenched away from her children is heartrending.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Prairie Miller
NewsBlaze
April 19, 2009
Raw and heart wrenching, uncovering the sort of discomforting, concealed when not buried history that in an odd trend lately, is more likely to make its way to the big screen than the news headlines.
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