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Brother to Brother
The feature-film debut of filmmaker Rodney Evans, who wrote and produced in addition to taking on directing duties, Brother to Brother explores the life and struggles of black, gay artists in the present and past. Anthony Mackie stars as Perry Williams, a young man dealing with the strife involved with being both African-American and a homosexual in contemporary New York. He is shunned by his father for his sexual identity and wary of being viewed as a sell-out by black peers when his work gains a white audience. When Williams meets an aging poet who was involved in the Harlem Renaissance of… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 76%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Takes on a plethora of phobias. Homophobia, racial prejudice and age discrimination are among its targets, and it hits them squarely and fairly."
‑ Philip Wuntch, Dallas Morning News
"Works far better as an idea than its execution."
‑ Bjorn Thomson, Washington Post
"Writer/director Rodney Evans has tackled a lot here, too much really"
‑ Don Willmott,
"Although its reach exceeds its grasp, Rodney Evans' picture deserves points for its ambition and many elements of its craftsmanship."
‑ Frank Swietek, One Guy's Opinion
"Most of the movie's clumsiness comes in documentary veteran Evans' mix of fact and fiction."
‑ Paul Sherman, Boston Herald
"An uneven but provocative drama."
‑ Eric Harrison, Houston Chronicle
"Ambitious but clumsy, it's a movie to appreciate rather than to be engaged by."
‑ Ellen Fox, Chicago Tribune
"Quiet, thought-provoking...Robinson's portrait is joyously dignified, poetic and earthy."
‑ Lewis Whittington,
"The story is a little uneven, but Anthony Mackie and Roger Robinson make it worth a look."
‑ Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone,
"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."
‑ Robin Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"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."
‑ Ty Burr, Boston Globe
"A refreshingly-honest empowerment flick set against an historical examination of African-American homosexuality."
‑ Kam Williams,
"satisfying original journey that is well worth checking out for its sincerity and refreshing honesty"
‑ John A. Nesbit, Old School Reviews
"...uneven yet absorbing. Ambitious and thought-provoking in his (Evans) willingness to explore the complex depths of alienation and artistry"
‑ Frank Ochieng, Movie Eye
"Radiantly smart, sexy and deeply affecting."
‑ David Noh, Film Journal International
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