Filly Brown
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FILLY BROWN is an inspiring and gritty portrait of a young artist's striving to find her voice and seize her dreams without compromise. Majo Tonorio, a.k.a. "Filly Brown," is a raw, young Los Angeles hip-hop artist who spits rhymes from the heart. With an incarcerated mother, and a father struggling to provide for his daughters, a record contract could be the ticket out for her family. But when a record producer offers Majo a crack at stardom, she is suddenly faced with losing who she is as an artist and the friends who helped her reach the cusp of success. Directed by Youssef… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 45%

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"A routine music business cautionary tale, the film shuffles its decks ever so slightly by casting a Latino actress as its lead, but doesn't do enough to shed the exasperating confines of the star-is-born genre."
‑ Sean O'Connell, Washington Post
"Unfortunately, the film is marred by a story, situations and stereotypical characters that strike all-too-familiar chords."
‑ Claudia Puig, USA Today
"However much earnest commitment and passion that the cast lend to their roles, it ultimately cannot overcome the routine structure and approach to the overall execution."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"Young hip-hop artist sacrifices her true identity for fame."
‑ S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media
"More heartfelt, humanistic, and entertaining than such a clichéd showbiz cautionary tale has any right to be."
‑ Aaron Hillis, Village Voice
"A trite piece of storytelling, with character development and plot points that feel not so much lived in as borrowed from other movies."
‑ Robert Koehler, Variety
"The movie works best as a showcase for Rodriguez, transcending its simplistic script and clichéd plot in snatches -- when its leading lady is at the mike and especially in the film's final awkward family reunion."
‑ Annlee Ellingson, Paste Magazine
"A traditional make-your-way-into-the-music-biz drama with lots of Latin-flavored grit and gravitas."
‑ Roger Moore, Movie Nation
"Almost despite our will, the cast keeps us invested in Filly's furious resurrection."
‑ Amy Nicholson, Los Angeles Times
"Gina Rodriguez's magnetic star turn keeps this often overwrought film engaging, even when the script lets her down."
‑ David Rooney, Hollywood Reporter
"Sure, we've all seen this story before, but that doesn't hamper this film from being enormously entertaining, with riveting performances, great beats, and poetic rhymes."
‑ Louis Black, Austin Chronicle
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