Civil Brand
Civil Brand (2003)

Television director Neema Barnette directs the forceful drama Civil Brand, based on a story by Preston A. Whitmore II. Shot with a micro-budget of 500,000 dollars, the film stars confrontational rap and hip-hop artists Mos Def, MC Lyte, and… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: January 27, 2004
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Critic Score: 16% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News

It's impossible to ignore the strain of misogyny that taints the movie.

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Tom Long
Detroit News

Artistically, its heavy-handed clumsiness undercuts its goals.

Todd Gilchrist
FilmStew.com

Wildly uneven, rife with a virtual checklist of human tragedies that build to easy emotional crescendos but fail to engage the audience well enough to evoke any meaning.

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Bob Campbell
Newark Star-Ledger

It's guilty of gross B-movie meltdown, but mitigating circumstances include honest anger and a scattering of vivid scenes.

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A.O. Scott
New York Times

It presents a heated-up, awkward blend of earnest outrage and down-and-dirty exploitation.

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Jonathan W. Hickman
Entertainment Insiders

This is a film about the abuses of privatization and presents a negative view of what might happen if corporate America gets control of the business of corrections.

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V.A. Musetto
New York Post

Barnette, a veteran TV director, means this as an exposť of prison abuse and exploitation, but the film is too simplistic and derivative to succeed.

Robert K. Elder
Chicago Tribune

Plagued by continuity problems, ham-fisted storytelling and a problematic voiceover by Da Brat, Civil Brand feels less like a prison movie than a prison sentence.

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Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide's Movie Guide

There's way too much of the usual bonding, beatings, petty humiliation by guards, cat fights in the yard and trips to the hole.

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