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Brother to Brother (2004)



Critic Consensus: Led by two fine lead performances, Brother to Brother is a moving and thought-provoking dramatization of the Harlem Renaissance.

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This feature length narrative film follows the emotional and psychological journey of a young, black, gay artist as he discovers the hidden legacies of the gay and lesbian subcultures within the Harlem Renaissance.

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Critic Reviews for Brother to Brother

All Critics (41) | Top Critics (18)

Takes on a plethora of phobias. Homophobia, racial prejudice and age discrimination are among its targets, and it hits them squarely and fairly.

April 21, 2005 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
Dallas Morning News
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An uneven but provocative drama.

February 18, 2005 | Rating: 2/4
Houston Chronicle
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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.

February 4, 2005 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
Boston Globe
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Works far better as an idea than its execution.

January 27, 2005 | Full Review…
Washington Post
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Ambitious but clumsy, it's a movie to appreciate rather than to be engaged by.

December 9, 2004 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
Chicago Tribune
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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.

December 3, 2004 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
Los Angeles Times
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Audience Reviews for Brother to Brother


A friend's recommendation reminded me that I saw this stunning documentary-style-film on PBS's Independent Lens. The literary world of the Harlem Renaissance is more central to this than homosexuality amongst African American men (see Paris is Burning for the best film on that topic). It's admirable unabashed reality and as result, quite depressing at moments with an overall tone of bittersweetness. I think this is a very important film for young artists, especially writers, to see.

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