American Violet

3 out of 5 stars

Time Out says

3 out of 5 stars
Pretrial depositions don’t have quite the dramatic heft of a courtroom showdown, which is perhaps why Tim Disney’s legal thriller lacks tension overall. But the true-life tale upon which the movie is based is indeed extraordinary: Dee Roberts (Beharie), an African-American single mom, is wrongly arrested for drug dealing and, rightly miffed, sues an odious district attorney (Patton) for racial discrimination. Throughout, the director adds in ominous TV footage of Gore winning, then conceding, the 2000 election; this counterpoint of idiotic legal rulings, along with scenes of the incarcerated Roberts talking to her children, practically guarantees moist tear ducts.

By: Anna King



Release details

Cast and crew

Tim Disney
Bill Haney
Nicole Beharie
Will Patton
Alfre Woodard
Michael O'Keefe
Tim Blake Nelson
You may also like