Toe to Toe
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Two seniors at an elite Washington, D.C. prep school forge a close relationship on the lacrosse field, only to find their growing bond tested in this drama inspired by a study that indicates interracial friendships end at age 14 for approximately 87 percent of American teenagers. Fiercely determined to succeed and build a brighter future outside of Anacostia, Tosha (Sonequa Martin) is an African-American scholarship student from one of Washington's poorest neighborhoods. Perhaps Tosha's polar opposite, Jessie (Louisa Krause) is a privileged white girl from Bethesda whose promiscuous… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 64%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Toe to Toe deserves credit for delving into the rich dynamics of interracial friendship and teenaged social tectonics. And it features some terrific acting."
‑ Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
"An unusually honest, compassionate and challenging view of contemporary youth, neither sugarcoated nor prurient."
‑ A.O. Scott, New York Times
"A demented, amateurish after school special, Toe to Toe is only useful as a means to observe a first-rate actress in the making. The rest is pure rubbish, delivered with all the subtlety of an air horn."
‑ Brian Orndorf,
"Winds up biting off more urban high school malaise than we can swallow without gagging."
‑ Joseph Jon Lanthier, Slant Magazine
"For good stretches, Toe to Toe has an engaging frankness about youthful liberty as both a weighty armor and a dangerously alluring escape hatch."
‑ Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times
"Krause and Martin consistently rise above the material; we'll hopefully see more of them under better, less Larry Clark-like circumstances."
‑ Keith Uhlich, Time Out New York
"Toe to Toe features two exceptionally layered performances at its center, as well as ideas that don't sort themselves out in neat and easily summarized fashion."
‑ Marshall Fine, Hollywood & Fine
"One of the better coming of age dramas to emerge from the Sundance Film Festival since thirteen"
‑ Steve Ramos, Boxoffice Magazine
"What happens when a movie's lead actors are better than their material? You get something like Toe to Toe."
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"Spreading social awareness is a valuable pursuit, naturally, but when filmmakers take it upon themselves to don the cape of an activist hero while constantly reminding audiences of their nobility, the message feels cheap."
‑ Aaron Hillis, Village Voice
"Hell hath no fury like a sister scorned, especially for a wigger!"
‑ Kam Williams, NewsBlaze
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