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Based on 29 Reviews
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fan reviews ( 15 )
  • 50
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    Black Nativity is a just-OK feature film that, as an hour-long television special, could have had the makings of a classic. show more

  • 63
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    Anchored by a topnotch ensemble cast, it's toe-tapping holiday fare that's also a potent reminder that family resentments and hardened hearts serve no one. show more

  • 63
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    Black Nativity offers a whopping serving of Yuletide emotion. And it's a musical - with plenty of wailing and rapping on the side. show more

  • 40
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    The movie doesn’t weave religion into the familiar structure of a comedy or melodrama. Instead, everything works in service to the sermon at the core. For most audience members, that will either be the primary draw or an inescapable drawback. show more

  • 50
    Stephen Farber The Hollywood Reporter

    This holiday extravaganza with an all-star cast has a lot of failings. But it seems likely to tap into the audience’s enthusiasm for uplifting entertainment. show more

  • 65
    Mark Jenkins NPR

    Like "Eve's Bayou," her best-known movie, Kasi Lemmons' Black Nativity presents a child's view of a troubled family. The latter film is sweeter and slenderer, but that's only to be expected. show more

  • 68

    While the film certainly targets a particular audiences, those viewers who don’t fall squarely into that demographic should nevertheless find the film pleasant enough, its pastoral ambitions compensating for its lack of finesse. show more

  • 75
    Mary Houlihan Chicago Sun-Times

    Lemmons and her cast, aided by some great music, have created an interlude sure to lift the spirit during the holiday season. show more

  • 63
    Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune

    Whitaker's performance is the rock here. Even when the confrontations and evasions get a little ridiculous, he's neither wholly saint nor sinner, but something like a human being. show more

  • 63
    Roger Moore McClatchy-Tribune News Service

    Modestly entertaining and uplifting version of a “greatest story” that has proven as malleable as it is timeless. show more

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  • March 19, 2014 frankywhiteguy
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    Are colored people not sick of this foam of discrimination? If non-colored folk had movies, channels, history months, beauty pageants, comedy nights, etc, etc, etc, etc, etc, about them, wouldn't that be racist? Whats next, White Nativity?

  • February 25, 2014 re00000000182469
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    Why don't they just call it "Nativity". Why does it have to be about color.

  • December 09, 2013 dalapal
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    It was a great story to depict a normal everyday struggle in todays world, but it would have been a better TV show than a movie.The young man has a great future among the other giants in the movie. I believe IT will be a great keepsake home dvd.The title may have kept some movie goers well

  • December 05, 2013 Ms B
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    This an excellent Christmas Family Movie. Love Love!

  • December 04, 2013 ql00000000173185
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    Although Angela B & Forrest W did splendid acting performances, the film was entirely disappointing and mostly depressing.

  • December 03, 2013 daylex2
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    peee uuuuu what a wast of time

  • December 03, 2013 Renee
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    The director is a Black female by the name of Kasie Lemmons

  • December 02, 2013 Scott Bowser
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    This could be a very compelling story based on Langston Hughes’ work. However, I refuse to sit through any more of Hollywood’s portrayal of the stereotypical Black male. You know the image – misguided anger seeking revenge via the weapon of choice – a gun. I was so disappointed in this flick…and frankly walked-out in *************** a great story taken from Harlem Renaissance’s father! And turned into garba

  • December 01, 2013 Belinda Syjud
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    Save your money and wait for it to come on TV, very disappointing!!


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