• 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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Annlee Ellingson
Boxoffice Magazine

Suffers from didacticism.

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

November 4, 2004
Ellen Fox
Chicago Tribune
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Ambitious but clumsy, it's a movie to appreciate rather than to be engaged by.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 2/4

December 9, 2004
Don Willmott

Writer/director Rodney Evans has tackled a lot here, too much really

Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com | Original Score: 3/5

June 15, 2005

The story is a little uneven, but Anthony Mackie and Roger Robinson make it worth a look.

Full Review Source: TheMovieChicks.com | Original Score: 3/5

April 22, 2005
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
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor

Interesting for its historical content.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: 2/4

November 11, 2004
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
Marrit Ingman
Austin Chronicle

Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle | Original Score: 2.5/5

December 19, 2004
Paul Sherman
Boston Herald

Most of the movie's clumsiness comes in documentary veteran Evans' mix of fact and fiction.

Full Review Source: Boston Herald | Original Score: 2/4

February 4, 2005
Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
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An uneven but provocative drama.

Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle | Original Score: 2/4

February 18, 2005
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
Kam Williams

A refreshingly-honest empowerment flick set against an historical examination of African-American homosexuality.

Full Review Source: AALBC.com | Original Score: 4/4

January 9, 2007
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
Frank Ochieng
Movie Eye

...uneven yet absorbing. Ambitious and thought-provoking in his (Evans) willingness to explore the complex depths of alienation and artistry

Full Review Source: Movie Eye | Original Score: 2.5/4

February 5, 2005
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
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
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews

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.

Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews | Original Score: C+

January 31, 2005
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
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
Jan Stuart
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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
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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September 26, 2005
Jessica Winter
Time Out New York
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August 16, 2007

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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January 23, 2005

Boston Phoenix
February 5, 2005

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June 24, 2006

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