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A refreshingly-honest empowerment flick set against an historical examination of African-American homosexuality.
| Original Score: 4/4
Writer/director Rodney Evans has tackled a lot here, too much really
| Original Score: 3/5
Quiet, thought-provoking...Robinson's portrait is joyously dignified, poetic and earthy.
satisfying original journey that is well worth checking out for its sincerity and refreshing honesty
| Original Score: B+
Although its reach exceeds its grasp, Rodney Evans' picture deserves points for its ambition and many elements of its craftsmanship.
| Original Score: B-
The story is a little uneven, but Anthony Mackie and Roger Robinson make it worth a look.
Takes on a plethora of phobias. Homophobia, racial prejudice and age discrimination are among its targets, and it hits them squarely and fairly.
An uneven but provocative drama.
| Original Score: 2/4
...uneven yet absorbing. Ambitious and thought-provoking in his (Evans) willingness to explore the complex depths of alienation and artistry
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Most of the movie's clumsiness comes in documentary veteran Evans' mix of fact and fiction.
A very good drama about the difficulties of being young, black, and gay. With a bigger budget and a sharper focus, it might have been a great one.
| Original Score: 3/4
Brother to Brother is a specialized film that will help bring to light the self-affirming ideas of pride in one's self and one's artistic pursuits.
| Original Score: C+
Works far better as an idea than its execution.
Ambitious but clumsy, it's a movie to appreciate rather than to be engaged by.
Radiantly smart, sexy and deeply affecting.
There are a couple of self-conscious moments, to be sure, and some anachronisms, but on the whole, Brother to Brother is a graceful work of range and depth.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
In movies, the young are forever being taken back in time by the old, but what sets apart this low-energy yet ambitious debut feature by writer-director Rodney Evans is the complexity of the questions that journey raises.
Offers fascinating historical context and two fine lead performances (by Anthony Mackie and Roger Robinson) along with some rather awkward storytelling.
[Evans'] overall effort is an eminently worthy one.
Interesting for its historical content.