American Violet


Mixed or average reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 18
  2. Negative: 1 out of 18

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  1. 70
    Packed with dialogue and issues, and it’s most provocative when dealing with the dangers of plea bargaining.
  2. 75
    American Violet, it's true, is not blazingly original cinema. Tim Disney's direction and the screenplay by Bill Haney are meat and potatoes, making this story clear, direct and righteous.
  3. An artlessly powerful performance by newcomer Nicole Behaire anchors American Violet.
  4. 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.
  5. An ideal movie for an ideal time in America.
  6. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    Dee is an engaging, admirable lead character, and the striking, petite Beharie, in only her second screen role, is a real winner, bringing energy and fortitude to a woman who easily could have joined the ranks of society's victims and losers.
  7. What sticks in my craw -- just a bit -- is the way the film doesn't fully trust the true story's inherent power.
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User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. JayH.
    Oct 4, 2009
    Predictable but generally well done drama. Nicole Beharie is excellent in the lead role. Fair screenplay, it didn
  2. JuanaH.
    Apr 21, 2009
    I saw this movie and it really was an eyeopener as to how the justice system works for some. The young actress did a great job.