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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.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Rodney Evans
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 14, 2005
Wolfe Releasing. - Official Site


Duane Boutté
as Young Bruce Nugent
Bradley Cole
as MacAllister
Ray Ford
as Wally
Roger Robinson
as Bruce Nugent
Michael Mosley
as White Man #1 on subw...
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Critic Reviews for Brother to Brother

All Critics (47) | Top Critics (23)

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

Full Review… | April 21, 2005
Dallas Morning News
Top Critic

An uneven but provocative drama.

Full Review… | February 18, 2005
Houston Chronicle
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | February 4, 2005
Boston Globe
Top Critic

Works far better as an idea than its execution.

Full Review… | January 27, 2005
Washington Post
Top Critic

Ambitious but clumsy, it's a movie to appreciate rather than to be engaged by.

Full Review… | December 9, 2004
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | December 3, 2004
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

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.

_kelly .King

Super Reviewer


I liked seeing Anthony M in cute! And it was an informative movie about gays at one time in Harlem and Anthony Mackie's character was very interesting. Worth watching at least once.

Jennifer Torres

One of the reasons I like this movie so much was the way Anthony Mackie chose to portray his character, Perry; very honestly and without going over the top like so many straight actors do in gay roles. It's hard to find something about this movie not to compliment, but I really liked Roger Robinson as Bruce, Alex Burns as Jim and Duane Boutte as young Bruce. And despite its much deeper and more significant message there's much eye candy here, too, in Mackie, Burns and the stunningly gorgeous Duane Boutte.

Jim Chatman

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