Antwone Fisher
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The directorial debut of Academy Award-winning actor Denzel Washington, Antwone Fisher is an autobiographical drama written by the real-life Antwone Fisher. Played by newcomer Derek Luke, Antwone is a volatile young sailor in the Navy, getting into trouble for his constant fighting. When he gets appointed to see naval psychiatrist Dr. Jerome Davenport (Denzel Washington), he begins to reveal the emotional problems behind his rage. Through an introduction to anger management, Antwone is able to confront some secrets of his past and eventually search out his family for a confrontation. Also… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 79%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A fine film that proves the past is never too bleak -- or the future too hopeless -- to discover a productive new life, and a home and family to share it."
‑ Rex Reed, New York Observer
"For sure, Antwone Fisher is corny. But it's corny in a way that a Hollywood movie about a boy who just wants to go home ought to be corny."
‑ Wesley Morris, Boston Globe
"Devastating story of abuse based on real life."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"Sails the same route as dozens of Hollywood psychiatry dramas...Its power lies in the rich themes and performances."
‑ Thomas Delapa, Boulder Weekly
"Soupy and sentimental, but with an underlying belief in itself that keeps the rhythm constant and just about manages to reach the gut."
‑ Ian Waldron-Mantgani, UK Critic
"A riveting story well told."
‑ Ann Gorman, Washington Post
"There's a simplicity and heart to Antwone Fisher ... that's extremely appealing."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"Rings false, belittling instead of honoring its sensitive subject with its twinkly score, kid-glove nobility and cloying payoffs. [Blu-ray]"
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"The most remarkable thing about Antwone Fisher is the real-life story on which it is based."
‑ Greg Maki, Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
"For his directorial debut, Denzel Washington (has made) a haunting and resonant film covered with a potent Southern Gothic chill."
‑ Nick Rogers, State Journal-Register (Springfield, IL)
"Denzel Washington gives a sensitive yet powerful performance as a Navy psychiatrist, and newcomer Derek Luke is a pleasant surprise as the title character."
‑ Bill Muller, Arizona Republic
"Watchful, flinty, unexpectedly vulnerable -- and so cathartic it could wring tears from a stone."
‑ Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer
"It is to Washington's credit that he keeps it just real enough to move our hearts and our heads."
‑ Jeffrey Overstreet, Looking Closer
"Yes, Antwone Fisher is a good movie, in the way that lima beans are good food. You may leave the theater feeling fortified, but you'll have a bad taste in your mouth."
‑ Josh Bell, Las Vegas Weekly
"Has the capability of effecting change and inspiring hope."
‑ Terri Clark, Apollo Guide
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