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American Violet Reviews

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
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 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+
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
April 30, 2009
American Violet feels less like life and unreasonably more like the movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
April 17, 2009
The narrative is infused with chilling facts, and the filmmakers know how to build their case, but a drama demands more.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
April 17, 2009
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 | Original Score: 3/4
April 17, 2009
Its blaring earnestness and thin characters (all of whom practically wear badges identifying them as good or evil) fail to add nuance to a story that keeps making the same point in virtually every predictable scene.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
April 17, 2009
The badly titled American Violet comes from filmmakers who had clearly made up their minds long before they had written a word. And it's aimed at people who have too, before they've seen a frame.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 17, 2009
American Violet is a justice story, with some honest justice. It's nicely reassuring that it happens to be true.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
April 17, 2009
American Violet, which is based on real events that took place in late 2000, has the quasi-documentary feel of a well-made television drama.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
April 16, 2009
What does it taste like? There's a slight aftertaste of force-feeding, to be sure. But mostly, thanks to excellent, nuanced performances by Beharie, Woodard, Nelson and Patton, it tastes like justice.
April 16, 2009
The film is more affecting than it ought to be, thanks to a loaded cast that includes Alfre Woodard, Tim Blake Nelson, Will Patton, Charles Dutton, and the rapper and sometime actor Xzibit.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
April 16, 2009
A docudrama that may have an outcome we already know, but is a loud lesson about truth, justice and the Texas Way.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 15, 2009
An artlessly powerful performance by newcomer Nicole Behaire anchors American Violet, an instructive, sturdily built drama based on a true story worth teaching.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
April 15, 2009
A harrowing, compelling and profoundly true story that dares to tackle an important but too rarely exposed issue of the abuse of power in the American criminal justice system.
April 14, 2009
A docudrama with a good heart but a heavy hand.
April 13, 2009
You can laugh at American Violet, but most defendants are scared into pleading guilty and need all the poster girls they can get.
October 24, 2008
Its simplistic, heavy handed treatment of a complex issue gives it the weight of a contrived movie of the week melodrama.
October 18, 2008
Earnestly presented and well acted, particularly by newcomer Nicole Beharie in the central role, the film shares with many other such agenda-driven dramas a complete lack of narrative surprise, merely connecting the dots.