American Violet Synopsis
An ACLU attorney and a former narcotics officer help a single mother (Nicole Beharie) in her battle to prove that she was wrongly arrested on drug-dealing charges.
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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New York Post

By Kyle Smith
Plodding drama.
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“AMERICAN VIOLET” – This flower DOESN’T shrink (from confrontations) =

By jimchudnow
(Per an advance preview:) Time & again, we’ve seen high-profile elected officials do things to try to ‘LOOK good’ to the majority to further their personal agenda (which often involves getting...

American Violet Need To Be Seen!!!!

By LoveMeSumTaraji
I went to see American Violet today and I found that it was a strong depiction of actual events that need to be address! Too many times movies like this don't get the big money backing from...

American Violet

By selkiesisters
Great movie. The script and acting were ok -- not stellar, but not detracting from the story. The overall effect was powerful. I was in tears throughout much of the movie. This is a movie...

American Violet

By 2themaxx219
A story that needed to be told....


By twcxkgxg
Take your family to see this and then have dinner the out come just my save someone life.The movie was great heart felt. Its speaks the truth. My 4 sons are upset to see that the more things change...

Incredible Movie

By Edog2009
This movie had a great plot and great acting...especially the main character Nicole B. she will do big things in her movie career. I wish this movie would have been in many more theaters. Its a...

American Violet

By vsbrowne
Compelling story, superb cast, great acting, especially Nicole Beharie. American Violet is based on a true story. This movie is a must ss!...

Job Well Done

By friendlyfoe
This movie really touched you because you knew that in some areas there were racial tensions and divide, but to see it just in your face and in the year of 2000 was definitely an eye opener. Movie...

Must See!

By wfdmom5
RIVETING!!! Grab your friends and Go! The story is compelling, the acting superb! There isn't a wasted moment. True stories of courage cannot be told too often, and this one is fresh and...

Loved it

By mikerobny
Great acting and an incredible story that describes racial imbalance and inequality in today's world. We still have a long way to go!...

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Rated PG-13 | For Violence, Drug References, Thematic Material and Language