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Filly Brown Reviews

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Annlee Ellingson
Paste Magazine
April 26, 2013
The movie works best as a showcase for Rodriguez, transcending its simplistic script and clichéd plot in snatches -- when its leading lady is at the mike and especially in the film's final awkward family reunion.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.5/10
S. Jhoanna Robledo
Common Sense Media
April 23, 2013
Young hip-hop artist sacrifices her true identity for fame.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
April 18, 2013
Unfortunately, the film is marred by a story, situations and stereotypical characters that strike all-too-familiar chords.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Robert Koehler
January 24, 2012
A trite piece of storytelling, with character development and plot points that feel not so much lived in as borrowed from other movies.
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Sean O'Connell
Washington Post
April 26, 2013
A routine music business cautionary tale, the film shuffles its decks ever so slightly by casting a Latino actress as its lead, but doesn't do enough to shed the exasperating confines of the star-is-born genre.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Michael Dequina
May 6, 2013
However much earnest commitment and passion that the cast lend to their roles, it ultimately cannot overcome the routine structure and approach to the overall execution.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Roger Moore
Movie Nation
April 22, 2013
A traditional make-your-way-into-the-music-biz drama with lots of Latin-flavored grit and gravitas.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Aaron Hillis
Village Voice
April 23, 2013
More heartfelt, humanistic, and entertaining than such a clichéd showbiz cautionary tale has any right to be.
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Amy Nicholson
Los Angeles Times
April 18, 2013
Almost despite our will, the cast keeps us invested in Filly's furious resurrection.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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David Rooney
Hollywood Reporter
January 21, 2012
Gina Rodriguez's magnetic star turn keeps this often overwrought film engaging, even when the script lets her down.
Louis Black
Austin Chronicle
April 26, 2013
Sure, we've all seen this story before, but that doesn't hamper this film from being enormously entertaining, with riveting performances, great beats, and poetic rhymes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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