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Brother to Brother Reviews

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Kam Williams
January 9, 2007
A refreshingly-honest empowerment flick set against an historical examination of African-American homosexuality.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Lewis Whittington
June 14, 2005
Quiet, thought-provoking...Robinson's portrait is joyously dignified, poetic and earthy.
John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews
June 9, 2005
satisfying original journey that is well worth checking out for its sincerity and refreshing honesty
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
April 26, 2005
Although its reach exceeds its grasp, Rodney Evans' picture deserves points for its ambition and many elements of its craftsmanship.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
April 21, 2005
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 | Original Score: B-
Frank Ochieng
Movie Eye
February 5, 2005
...uneven yet absorbing. Ambitious and thought-provoking in his (Evans) willingness to explore the complex depths of alienation and artistry
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
February 4, 2005
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 | Original Score: 3/4
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
January 31, 2005
Brother to Brother is a specialized film that will help bring to light the self-affirming ideas of pride in one's self and one's artistic pursuits.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Bjorn Thomson
Washington Post
January 27, 2005
Works far better as an idea than its execution.
David Noh
Film Journal International
December 8, 2004
Radiantly smart, sexy and deeply affecting.
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
December 3, 2004
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 | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Chuck Wilson
L.A. Weekly
December 2, 2004
In movies, the young are forever being taken back in time by the old, but what sets apart this low-energy yet ambitious debut feature by writer-director Rodney Evans is the complexity of the questions that journey raises.
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Carla Meyer
San Francisco Chronicle
November 19, 2004
Offers fascinating historical context and two fine lead performances (by Anthony Mackie and Roger Robinson) along with some rather awkward storytelling.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
November 11, 2004
[Evans'] overall effort is an eminently worthy one.
Ken Fox
TV Guide
November 5, 2004
Sound intense? It is, but it's also funny, sexy and very cleverly done.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Megan Lehmann
New York Post
November 5, 2004
An intelligent and entertaining exploration of racial and sexual politics that brings alive the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s, and draws parallels with African-American identity crises of today.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Robert Dominguez
New York Daily News
November 5, 2004
Mackie gives a moving performance as Perry.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Edward Havens
November 4, 2004
Works more as a fascinating window into the days of the Harlem Renaissance, than an allegory of the struggles of the modern-day gay black male.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Jan Stuart
November 4, 2004
The filmmaker's frankness and sincerity win out over his schematic tying-up of past and present and the stagy historical- recreation feel of the period sections.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
November 4, 2004
Caught between two worlds and two seemingly warring identities, the lead character in Rodney Evans's heartfelt film Brother to Brother wears the weary and worried look of a man divided.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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