Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
An artlessly powerful performance by newcomer Nicole Behaire anchors American Violet.
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
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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San Francisco Chronicle

By Jonathan Curiel
An ideal movie for an ideal time in America.
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
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.
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Austin Chronicle

By Marjorie Baumgarten
Worth a look.
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New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
A message movie that's genuinely worth watching.
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Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
American Violet feels less like life and unreasonably more like the movies.
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Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
Earnest, mostly predictable and candidly didactic. That said, I'm glad it got made -- what's wrong with films that teach? -- and especially glad that a remarkably gifted newcomer named Nicole Beharie got to play the central role.
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The Hollywood Reporter

Wears its righteous indignation and good intentions on its sleeve but its simplistic, heavy handed treatment of a complex issue gives it the weight of a contrived movie of the week melodrama.
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New York Post

By Kyle Smith
Plodding drama.
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56 out of 100
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