Filly Brown
Filly Brown (2013)

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… More

Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: April 19, 2013
DVD Release Date: July 30, 2013
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Sean O'Connell
Washington Post

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.

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Claudia Puig
USA Today

Unfortunately, the film is marred by a story, situations and stereotypical characters that strike all-too-familiar chords.

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Michael Dequina

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.

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Aaron Hillis
Village Voice

More heartfelt, humanistic, and entertaining than such a clichéd showbiz cautionary tale has any right to be.

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Robert Koehler

A trite piece of storytelling, with character development and plot points that feel not so much lived in as borrowed from other movies.

Annlee Ellingson
Paste Magazine

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.

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Amy Nicholson
Los Angeles Times

Almost despite our will, the cast keeps us invested in Filly's furious resurrection.

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David Rooney
Hollywood Reporter

Gina Rodriguez's magnetic star turn keeps this often overwrought film engaging, even when the script lets her down.

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Louis Black
Austin Chronicle

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.

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