• PG-13, 1 hr. 53 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Tim Disney
    In Theaters:
    Apr 17, 2009 Wide
    On DVD:
    Oct 13, 2009
  • Samuel Goldwyn Films


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American Violet Reviews

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Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies

Full Review Source: Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies | Original Score: B+

February 14, 2012
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express

Less a social-problem film than a drama of personal courage.

Full Review Source: East Bay Express

August 18, 2011
John Hartl
Seattle Times
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While it may be about as subtle as a swinging sledgehammer, it does leave its mark.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3/4

October 15, 2009
Michael Dequina

Nicole. Beharie. Remember the name, for if her stunning lead turn is any indication, huge things are in the future.

Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com | Original Score: 3.5/4

August 31, 2009
Sonny Bunch
Washington Times

[American Violet] is so compelling and intriguing that it's easy for the audience to forget they're being preached to.

Full Review Source: Washington Times | Original Score: 3/4

August 30, 2009
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star

Put on your outrage cap.

| Original Score: 3/4

July 17, 2009
Keith Cohen
Entertainment Spectrum

Newcomer Beharie gives a polished performance that deserves awards consideration.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Spectrum | Original Score: 3.5/4

July 16, 2009
Clay Cane

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 Source: BET.com | Original Score: A

June 10, 2009
Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
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A conventional but wholly gripping docudrama.

Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle | Original Score: 3.5/4

May 1, 2009
Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News

American Violet is an earnest muckraker about the justice system that won't win points for style, but wins plenty for substance.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Daily News | Original Score: B

May 1, 2009
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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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 Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 3/4

May 1, 2009
Jonathan Curiel
San Francisco Chronicle
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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 Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

May 1, 2009
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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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 Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: B+

May 1, 2009
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle

Movingly told and packed with powerful subject matter.

Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

April 30, 2009
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews

...a well acted piece and a scary indictment of the American penal system.

Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews | Original Score: B-

April 20, 2009
Marcy Dermansky

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.

Full Review Source: About.com | Original Score: 4/5

April 20, 2009
Prairie Miller

Raw and heart wrenching, uncovering the sort of discomforting, concealed when not buried history that in an odd trend lately, is more likely to make its way to the big screen than the news headlines.

Full Review Source: NewsBlaze

April 19, 2009
Cynthia Fuchs

Based on the infamous Panhandle Regional Narcotics Task Force case in Tulia, Texas, American Violet makes clear the corruption and racism that pervades the official structures of its fictional town.

Full Review Source: PopMatters | Original Score: 6/10

April 19, 2009
Wilson Morales

In a riveting debut performance, Nicole Beharie captures your heart and soul in a compelling, moving tale that inspires hope to many youths today.

Full Review Source: BlackFilm.com | Original Score: 4/5

April 19, 2009
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
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This flaw in the justice system might affect anyone, but American Violet shows how easily it can be racialized in a place where hardened social attitudes combine with drugs and poverty to create a permanent black underclass.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader | Original Score: 3/4

April 17, 2009
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