Civil Brand
Civil Brand (2003)

A hip-hop tale of young Black women behind bars who are forced to unite against a corrupt prison system. Together they form the family unit they never had, but a cruel captain and power hungry warden have other plans. They force the women… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: August 29, 2003
DVD Release Date: January 27, 2004
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News

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

Tom Long
Detroit News

Artistically, its heavy-handed clumsiness undercuts its goals.

Todd Gilchrist

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.

A.O. Scott
New York Times

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

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

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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