• 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

Time Out
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November 17, 2011
Jessica Winter
Time Out New York
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August 16, 2007

Time Out
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June 24, 2006
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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September 26, 2005
Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
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Takes on a plethora of phobias. Homophobia, racial prejudice and age discrimination are among its targets, and it hits them squarely and fairly.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: B-

April 21, 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
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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A very good drama about the difficulties of being young, black, and gay. With a bigger budget and a sharper focus, it might have been a great one.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 3/4

February 4, 2005
Bjorn Thomson
Washington Post
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Works far better as an idea than its execution.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

January 27, 2005

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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January 23, 2005
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
Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
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There are a couple of self-conscious moments, to be sure, and some anachronisms, but on the whole, Brother to Brother is a graceful work of range and depth.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 3.5/5

December 3, 2004
Chuck Wilson
L.A. Weekly
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In movies, the young are forever being taken back in time by the old, but what sets apart this low-energy yet ambitious debut feature by writer-director Rodney Evans is the complexity of the questions that journey raises.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

December 2, 2004
Carla Meyer
San Francisco Chronicle
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Offers fascinating historical context and two fine lead performances (by Anthony Mackie and Roger Robinson) along with some rather awkward storytelling.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 2/4

November 19, 2004
Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
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[Evans'] overall effort is an eminently worthy one.

Full Review Source: New York Observer

November 11, 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
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
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
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
David Rooney
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While the cast is uneven, Mackie and Robinson both create sensitive, sympathetic characters.

Full Review Source: Variety

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
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