Metascore
57

Mixed or average reviews - based on 7 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 7
  2. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. Reviewed by: Aaron Hillis
    Apr 23, 2013
    70
    Youssef Delara and Michael D. Olmos's variation on the too-familiar subgenre (the rising inner-city superstar here is a Latina tomboy) is more heartfelt, humanistic, and entertaining than such a clichéd showbiz cautionary tale has any right to be.
  2. Reviewed by: Amy Nicholson
    Apr 18, 2013
    70
    The cast keeps us invested in Filly's furious resurrection.
  3. Reviewed by: Louis Black
    Apr 24, 2013
    67
    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.
  4. Reviewed by: Roger Moore
    Apr 22, 2013
    63
    There’s nothing much new here, but the performances and the milieu make Filly Brown an entertaining, honorable installment in a story that is the American Dream incarnate, and has been ever since the first wannabe showed up on Tin Pan Alley at the beginning of the last century.
  5. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    Apr 18, 2013
    63
    Melodramatic and gritty Filly Brown marks the debut of a magnetic screen presence in Gina Rodriguez, as well as the final performance of singer Jenni Rivera, who died in a plane crash in December.
  6. Reviewed by: David Rooney
    Apr 15, 2013
    60
    A dynamic breakout performance from Gina Rodriguez helps this rap-infused drama about a young Los Angeles Latina overcome its patchy storytelling.
  7. Reviewed by: Robert Koehler
    Apr 15, 2013
    30
    The resulting film is a trite piece of storytelling, with character development and plot points that feel not so much lived in as borrowed from other movies.

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