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Brother to Brother Reviews

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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-
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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
February 18, 2005
An uneven but provocative drama.
| Original Score: 2/4
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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
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Bjorn Thomson
Washington Post
January 27, 2005
Works far better as an idea than its execution.
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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
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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.
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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
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
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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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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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.
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David Rooney
Variety
October 7, 2004
While the cast is uneven, Mackie and Robinson both create sensitive, sympathetic characters.
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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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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.