Brother to Brother Reviews

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Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat
November 10, 2004
Had the film possessed a little more energy, it would have been easier for me to recommend it across the board.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Ken Fox
TV Guide's Movie Guide
November 5, 2004
Sound intense? It is, but it's also funny, sexy and very cleverly done.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Megan Lehmann
New York Post
November 5, 2004
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
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Robert Dominguez
New York Daily News
November 5, 2004
Mackie gives a moving performance as Perry.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Edward Havens
FilmJerk.com
November 4, 2004
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Annlee Ellingson
Boxoffice Magazine
November 4, 2004
Suffers from didacticism.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
November 4, 2004
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
November 4, 2004
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
November 3, 2004
Honestly, sensitively and movingly covers the life struggles of black, gay artists in the present and past.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
November 3, 2004
The filmmaker finds a way to pay homage to a lesser-known, valiant figure, sympathetically portrayed through Robinson's witty performance.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Jorge Morales
Village Voice
November 2, 2004
Not surprising for a film that uses a term paper as a framing device, Brother to Brother feels too much like a school project.
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
October 26, 2004
Brother to Brother looks back to the pioneering days of the Harlem Renaissance and traces its spiritual manifestation in present day New York City.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jon Popick
Planet Sick-Boy
October 19, 2004
A real treat for history nuts, but everybody else should dig it, too.
Collin Souter
eFilmCritic.com
October 19, 2004
Evans' debut has the courage to ask for change without resorting to preaching the answers.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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David Rooney
Variety
October 7, 2004
While the cast is uneven, Mackie and Robinson both create sensitive, sympathetic characters.
Duane Dudek
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
October 7, 2004
An artistically ambitious, intellectually uncompromising and affectionately crafted overview of 70 or so years of racial and sexual politics.
| Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
July 23, 2004
Has the quiet urgency of a story that must be told.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
May 1, 2004
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.
Pam Grady
Reel.com
May 1, 2004
A drama that brings the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s alive even as it explicates a quite modern dilemma.
| Original Score: 3/4
Gabriel Shanks
Mixed Reviews
April 27, 2004
May just be the most sophisticated and compelling movie about the lives of black gay men ever made.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
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