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A woman accused could be either a killer or a victim in this psychological drama from director Bill Duke. Valerie Maas (Aunjanue Ellis) is a God-fearing housewife and artist who one day finds herself in a situation she never imaged possible -- being questioned on murder charges by no-nonsense police detective Hicks (Lou Gossett Jr.) and Simmons (Clifton Davis), a district attorney eager to close this case. As Valerie repeatedly insists she's not a murderer, she tells the story of the last several months of her life. Valerie's husband, Dutch (Razaaq Adoti), is a psychiatrist with a… More

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"Cover is a social-problem film without a solution. While not of the first rank, its inventory of Philadelphia's hot restaurants and cool sights is an occasion for civic pride."
‑ Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer
"Would be a candidate for the year's most unintentionally funny movie so far - if it weren't also the most homophobic."
‑ Lou Lumenick, New York Post
"Approached as comedy, Cover is a riot."
‑ Amy Nicholson, Boxoffice Magazine
"A cinematic disaster which attempts to address a pressing social issue, but only fails miserably in the process."
‑ Kam Williams, NewsBlaze
"Director Bill Duke aims for social awareness, but delivers second-rate melodrama instead."
‑ Peter Debruge, Variety
"The flesh is weak but the spirit is indestructible in Cover, a ham-fisted morality tale."
‑ Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times
"So overwrought that it quickly crosses the line into unintentionally funny and never recovers."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"This reprehensible effort is not only an embarrassment to Duke, but to everyone involved ... the offensively homophobic message behind this movie is not the only thing that makes it truly awful."
‑ Edward Douglas,
"A perfect storm of movie badness."
‑ Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter
"Duke appears to be aiming for a Tyler Perry-style mix of the taboo and the saintly, but his touch is so leaden that one ends up giggling, not weeping."
‑ Chuck Wilson, L.A. Weekly
"Entertaining in a way the filmmakers probably weren't intending."
‑ Geoff Berkshire,
"Fo shizzle, if it doesn't attain the well-deserved status of a camp classic, only the straight-to-video aesthetic will be to blame."
‑ Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine
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