Civil Brand (2003)



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Television director Neema Barnette directs the forceful drama Civil Brand, based on a story by Preston A. Whitmore II. Shot with a micro-budget of 500,000 dollars, the film stars confrontational rap and hip-hop artists Mos Def, MC Lyte, and Da Brat. The story concerns a women's prison that exploits its largely African-American inmate population as cheap labor to manufacture products for a corporation. Mostly incarcerated due to domestic violence situations, the inmates also face sexual abuse as … More

Rating: R (adult situations/language, violence)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense, Cult Movies
Directed By:
Written By: Preston A. Whitmore II, Joyce Renee Lewis
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 27, 2004
Box Office: $0.1M
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Critic Reviews for Civil Brand

All Critics (19) | Top Critics (10)

It's impossible to ignore the strain of misogyny that taints the movie.

Full Review… | October 16, 2003
New York Daily News
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It's guilty of gross B-movie meltdown, but mitigating circumstances include honest anger and a scattering of vivid scenes.

Full Review… | October 13, 2003
Newark Star-Ledger
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Barnette, a veteran TV director, means this as an exposé of prison abuse and exploitation, but the film is too simplistic and derivative to succeed.

October 10, 2003
New York Post
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Artistically, its heavy-handed clumsiness undercuts its goals.

October 10, 2003
Detroit News
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It presents a heated-up, awkward blend of earnest outrage and down-and-dirty exploitation.

Full Review… | October 9, 2003
New York Times
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Plagued by continuity problems, ham-fisted storytelling and a problematic voiceover by Da Brat, Civil Brand feels less like a prison movie than a prison sentence.

Full Review… | October 9, 2003
Chicago Tribune
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