American Violet
American Violet (2009)

Dee Roberts is a 24-year-old, African-American single mom struggling to make ends meet in a small Texas town. When cops arrest her in a drug sweep, she insists on her innocence. Even though Dee has no prior drug record and no drugs were… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: April 17, 2009
DVD Release Date: October 13, 2009
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Critic Score: 74% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Though its politics are as obvious as its outcome, American Violet is an earnest docudrama about the justice system with a powerful performance from Nicole Behairie.

John Hartl
Seattle Times

While it may be about as subtle as a swinging sledgehammer, it does leave its mark.

Jonathan Curiel
San Francisco Chronicle

American Violet dramatizes Kelly's case, and does so in a way that will leave audiences applauding in their seats -- and wondering how much of the film is true.

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Candice Frederick
Reel Talk Online

It's beautifully told, passionate and sensitive to the true story and the victims that lived it.

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Tom Long
Detroit News

A well-played if too-familiar story of oppression and injustice.

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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor

Director Tim Disney and screenwriter Bill Haney lay out Dee's story with a minimum of fuss. They are smart enough to realize that the material is compelling all on its own.

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Kelly Vance
East Bay Express

Less a social-problem film than a drama of personal courage.

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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle

A conventional but wholly gripping docudrama.

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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer

A torn-from-the-headlines tale of institutional racism and injustice in the Lone Star State of not-so-long-ago, American Violet might not be subtle, but it's certainly powerful.

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Michael Dequina

Nicole. Beharie. Remember the name, for if her stunning lead turn is any indication, huge things are in the future.

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Flixster Audience Score: 78% Flixster User Reviews
Raymond Wieser
It's a story that's been done many times, and it's a bit predictable, but American Violet is a gripping docudrama about the Texas justice system… More
Walter M.
In "American Violet," Dee Roberts(Nicole Beharie), a single mother of four and a waitress in Melody, Tx, finds herself getting caught up in a police… More
Cynthia S.
Really, really good movie. Unreal that this stuff really happened, and still happens. I love a good true story, especially if it has Alfre Woodard in it. I… More
Dannielle Albert
Amazing movie. I applauded the heroes who exposed the racist injustice for what it was. Great acting. Gripping story.
paul sandberg
Nichole Beharie as Dee Roberts gives a truly inspiring performance as a mother, living in the projects, who is wrongly accused of drug dealing, and then is… More
Naughtia Nahazhina
I was amazed with this movie, it has such a touching story. It really captivated me. The movie follows a young African American woman who is a single mother of… More