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Brother to Brother Reviews

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Annlee Ellingson
Boxoffice Magazine
November 4, 2004
Suffers from didacticism.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Ellen Fox
Chicago Tribune
December 9, 2004
Ambitious but clumsy, it's a movie to appreciate rather than to be engaged by.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Don Willmott
June 15, 2005
Writer/director Rodney Evans has tackled a lot here, too much really
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
April 22, 2005
The story is a little uneven, but Anthony Mackie and Roger Robinson make it worth a look.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Jorge Morales
Village Voice
November 2, 2004
Not surprising for a film that uses a term paper as a framing device, Brother to Brother feels too much like a school project.
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
November 11, 2004
Interesting for its historical content.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat
November 10, 2004
Had the film possessed a little more energy, it would have been easier for me to recommend it across the board.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Marrit Ingman
Austin Chronicle
December 19, 2004
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Paul Sherman
Boston Herald
February 4, 2005
Most of the movie's clumsiness comes in documentary veteran Evans' mix of fact and fiction.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
February 18, 2005
An uneven but provocative drama.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
May 1, 2004
This first feature from writer-director Rodney Evans ... heralds the emergence of an exciting new voice in black filmmaking, a man willing to look deeply into culture and mores to gain insight into problems that refuse to go away.
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
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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
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
Gabriel Shanks
Mixed Reviews
April 27, 2004
May just be the most sophisticated and compelling movie about the lives of black gay men ever made.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
November 3, 2004
Honestly, sensitively and movingly covers the life struggles of black, gay artists in the present and past.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
July 23, 2004
Has the quiet urgency of a story that must be told.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
November 3, 2004
The filmmaker finds a way to pay homage to a lesser-known, valiant figure, sympathetically portrayed through Robinson's witty performance.
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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