• Unrated, 1 hr. 30 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Rodney Evans
    In Theaters:
    Nov 5, 2004 Wide
    On DVD:
    Jun 14, 2005
  • Wolfe Releasing.

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Brother to Brother Reviews

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Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat

Had the film possessed a little more energy, it would have been easier for me to recommend it across the board.

Full Review Source: Aisle Seat | Original Score: 2.5/4

November 10, 2004
Ken Fox
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Sound intense? It is, but it's also funny, sexy and very cleverly done.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 3.5/5

November 5, 2004
Megan Lehmann
New York Post
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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

November 5, 2004
Robert Dominguez
New York Daily News
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Mackie gives a moving performance as Perry.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 2.5/4

November 5, 2004
Edward Havens
FilmJerk.com

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 Source: FilmJerk.com | Original Score: B-

November 4, 2004
Annlee Ellingson
Boxoffice Magazine

Suffers from didacticism.

Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine | Original Score: 2/5

November 4, 2004
Jan Stuart
Newsday
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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 Source: Newsday | Original Score: 3/4

November 4, 2004
Manohla Dargis
New York Times
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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 Source: New York Times | Original Score: 3/5

November 4, 2004
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Honestly, sensitively and movingly covers the life struggles of black, gay artists in the present and past.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: B+

November 3, 2004
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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The filmmaker finds a way to pay homage to a lesser-known, valiant figure, sympathetically portrayed through Robinson's witty performance.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B+

November 3, 2004
Jorge Morales
Village Voice
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Not surprising for a film that uses a term paper as a framing device, Brother to Brother feels too much like a school project.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

November 2, 2004
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine

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 Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 3/4

October 26, 2004
Jon Popick
Planet Sick-Boy

A real treat for history nuts, but everybody else should dig it, too.

Full Review Source: Planet Sick-Boy

October 19, 2004
Collin Souter
eFilmCritic.com

Evans' debut has the courage to ask for change without resorting to preaching the answers.

Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com | Original Score: 3.5/4

October 19, 2004
David Rooney
Variety
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While the cast is uneven, Mackie and Robinson both create sensitive, sympathetic characters.

Full Review Source: Variety

October 7, 2004
Duane Dudek
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

An artistically ambitious, intellectually uncompromising and affectionately crafted overview of 70 or so years of racial and sexual politics.

| Original Score: 3/4

October 7, 2004
Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Has the quiet urgency of a story that must be told.

| Original Score: 3/4

July 23, 2004
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
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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.

May 1, 2004
Pam Grady
Reel.com

A drama that brings the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s alive even as it explicates a quite modern dilemma.

| Original Score: 3/4

May 1, 2004
Gabriel Shanks
Mixed Reviews

May just be the most sophisticated and compelling movie about the lives of black gay men ever made.

Full Review Source: Mixed Reviews | Original Score: A+

April 27, 2004
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