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American Violet
Dee Roberts is a 24-year-old, African-American single mom struggling to make ends meet in a small Texas town. When cops arrest her in a drug sweep, she insists on her innocence. Even though Dee has no prior drug record and no drugs were found on her in the raid or any subsequent searches, she is offered a hellish choice: plead guilty and go home as a convicted felon or remain in prison and fight the charges thus, jeopardizing the custody of her children and risking a long prison sentence. She chooses to fight the district attorney and the unyielding criminal justice system he represents.… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 74%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"While it may be about as subtle as a swinging sledgehammer, it does leave its mark."
‑ John Hartl, Seattle Times
"American Violet dramatizes Kelly's case, and does so in a way that will leave audiences applauding in their seats -- and wondering how much of the film is true."
‑ Jonathan Curiel, San Francisco Chronicle
"Less a social-problem film than a drama of personal courage."
‑ Kelly Vance, East Bay Express
"Put on your outrage cap."
‑ Robert W. Butler, Kansas City Star
"It's not enough for a movie to have a Black cast for it to be good, it must have good writing, engaging stories and impassioned actors. This film has all three."
‑ Clay Cane,
"A well-played if too-familiar story of oppression and injustice."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"Director Tim Disney and screenwriter Bill Haney lay out Dee's story with a minimum of fuss. They are smart enough to realize that the material is compelling all on its own."
‑ Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
"Nicole. Beharie. Remember the name, for if her stunning lead turn is any indication, huge things are in the future."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"It does almost everything well, from the direction to the performances. But it does nothing great, dragged down by an uninspired, and oddly uninspiring, script."
‑ Mike Scott, Times-Picayune
"American Violet is an earnest muckraker about the justice system that won't win points for style, but wins plenty for substance."
‑ Gary Thompson, Philadelphia Daily News
"A conventional but wholly gripping docudrama."
‑ Amy Biancolli, Houston Chronicle
"A torn-from-the-headlines tale of institutional racism and injustice in the Lone Star State of not-so-long-ago, American Violet might not be subtle, but it's certainly powerful."
‑ Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
"[American Violet] is so compelling and intriguing that it's easy for the audience to forget they're being preached to."
‑ Sonny Bunch, Washington Times
"Newcomer Beharie gives a polished performance that deserves awards consideration."
‑ Keith Cohen, Entertainment Spectrum
"Movingly told and packed with powerful subject matter."
‑ Marjorie Baumgarten, Austin Chronicle
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