Suffers from didacticism.
| Original Score: 2/5
Ambitious but clumsy, it's a movie to appreciate rather than to be engaged by.
| Original Score: 2/4
Writer/director Rodney Evans has tackled a lot here, too much really
| Original Score: 3/5
The story is a little uneven, but Anthony Mackie and Roger Robinson make it worth a look.
Not surprising for a film that uses a term paper as a framing device, Brother to Brother feels too much like a school project.
Interesting for its historical content.
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
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Most of the movie's clumsiness comes in documentary veteran Evans' mix of fact and fiction.
An uneven but provocative drama.
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 refreshingly-honest empowerment flick set against an historical examination of African-American homosexuality.
| Original Score: 4/4
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.
...uneven yet absorbing. Ambitious and thought-provoking in his (Evans) willingness to explore the complex depths of alienation and artistry
May just be the most sophisticated and compelling movie about the lives of black gay men ever made.
| Original Score: A+
Honestly, sensitively and movingly covers the life struggles of black, gay artists in the present and past.
| Original Score: B+
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+
Has the quiet urgency of a story that must be told.
| Original Score: 3/4
The filmmaker finds a way to pay homage to a lesser-known, valiant figure, sympathetically portrayed through Robinson's witty performance.
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