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American Violet Reviews

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September 12, 2017
It's beautifully told, passionate and sensitive to the true story and the victims that lived it.
Full Review | Original Score: A
August 18, 2011
Less a social-problem film than a drama of personal courage.
October 15, 2009
While it may be about as subtle as a swinging sledgehammer, it does leave its mark.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
August 31, 2009
Nicole. Beharie. Remember the name, for if her stunning lead turn is any indication, huge things are in the future.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
August 30, 2009
[American Violet] is so compelling and intriguing that it's easy for the audience to forget they're being preached to.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 17, 2009
Put on your outrage cap.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
July 17, 2009
It does almost everything well, from the direction to the performances. But it does nothing great, dragged down by an uninspired, and oddly uninspiring, script.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
July 16, 2009
Newcomer Beharie gives a polished performance that deserves awards consideration.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
June 10, 2009
It's not enough for a movie to have a Black cast for it to be good, it must have good writing, engaging stories and impassioned actors. This film has all three.
Full Review | Original Score: A
May 15, 2009
A well-played if too-familiar story of oppression and injustice.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
May 1, 2009
A conventional but wholly gripping docudrama.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
May 1, 2009
American Violet is an earnest muckraker about the justice system that won't win points for style, but wins plenty for substance.
Full Review | Original Score: B
May 1, 2009
A torn-from-the-headlines tale of institutional racism and injustice in the Lone Star State of not-so-long-ago, American Violet might not be subtle, but it's certainly powerful.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 1, 2009
American Violet dramatizes Kelly's case, and does so in a way that will leave audiences applauding in their seats -- and wondering how much of the film is true.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 1, 2009
Director Tim Disney and screenwriter Bill Haney lay out Dee's story with a minimum of fuss. They are smart enough to realize that the material is compelling all on its own.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
April 30, 2009
American Violet feels less like life and unreasonably more like the movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
April 30, 2009
Movingly told and packed with powerful subject matter.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 21, 2009
Thematically, there's a lot to like here, but the execution couldn't be more heavy-handed and two-dimensional.
April 20, 2009
...a well acted piece and a scary indictment of the American penal system.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
April 20, 2009
American Violet is a fine film. Dee Roberts is not an abstract symbol of injustice. To watch a mother be wrenched away from her children is heartrending.
| Original Score: 4/5
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