Had the film possessed a little more energy, it would have been easier for me to recommend it across the board.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Sound intense? It is, but it's also funny, sexy and very cleverly done.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
An intelligent and entertaining exploration of racial and sexual politics that brings alive the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s, and draws parallels with African-American identity crises of today.
| Original Score: 3/4
Mackie gives a moving performance as Perry.
Works more as a fascinating window into the days of the Harlem Renaissance, than an allegory of the struggles of the modern-day gay black male.
| Original Score: B-
Suffers from didacticism.
| Original Score: 2/5
The filmmaker's frankness and sincerity win out over his schematic tying-up of past and present and the stagy historical- recreation feel of the period sections.
| Original Score: 3/4
Caught between two worlds and two seemingly warring identities, the lead character in Rodney Evans's heartfelt film Brother to Brother wears the weary and worried look of a man divided.
| Original Score: 3/5
Honestly, sensitively and movingly covers the life struggles of black, gay artists in the present and past.
| Original Score: B+
The filmmaker finds a way to pay homage to a lesser-known, valiant figure, sympathetically portrayed through Robinson's witty performance.
Not surprising for a film that uses a term paper as a framing device, Brother to Brother feels too much like a school project.
Brother to Brother looks back to the pioneering days of the Harlem Renaissance and traces its spiritual manifestation in present day New York City.
A real treat for history nuts, but everybody else should dig it, too.
Evans' debut has the courage to ask for change without resorting to preaching the answers.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
While the cast is uneven, Mackie and Robinson both create sensitive, sympathetic characters.
An artistically ambitious, intellectually uncompromising and affectionately crafted overview of 70 or so years of racial and sexual politics.
Has the quiet urgency of a story that must be told.
This first feature from writer-director Rodney Evans ... heralds the emergence of an exciting new voice in black filmmaking, a man willing to look deeply into culture and mores to gain insight into problems that refuse to go away.
A drama that brings the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s alive even as it explicates a quite modern dilemma.
May just be the most sophisticated and compelling movie about the lives of black gay men ever made.
| Original Score: A+