Black Nativity
Black Nativity (2013)

In a contemporary adaptation of Langston Hughes' celebrated play, the holiday musical drama BLACK NATIVITY follows Langston (Jacob Latimore), a street-wise teen from Baltimore raised by a single mother, as he journeys to New York City… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: April 15, 2014
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Critic Score: 48% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: It's sweetly amiable and solidly performed, but Black Nativity suffers from director Kasi Lemmons' heavy-handed treatment of its celebrated source material.

Wesley Morris

All of Black Nativity proceeds with sort of clumsy obviousness.

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Ty Burr
Boston Globe

Takes Hughes' nativity story and shoves it into the far background of a sincere but tritely told modern drama about family, faith, and redemption.

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Brad Keefe
Columbus Alive

To call it preachy isn't necessarily a critique; the entire film is essentially built around a closing sermon.

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Calum Marsh
Village Voice

By the time the credits rolled, my eyes were sore from all the rolling.

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Eric D. Snider

Its pastoral ambitions compensate for its lack of finesse.

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Ray Pride

Defiantly simple, like earlier stage pageants based on Langston Hughes' Christmas play, Kasi Lemmons' "Black Nativity" gains power through its directness.

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Mark Jenkins

Even the movie's most wretched characters glow in the Harlem lamplight.

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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post

By the time the film reaches its biblically inspired dreamscape of a climax, "Black Nativity" qualifies as equal parts surreal and stirring.

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Jackie K. Cooper

Jennifer Hudson sings like an angel but the movie is not up to that level storywise.

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Flixster Audience Score: 51% Flixster User Reviews
Mister Caple
Director, Producer, and Actor Kasi Lemmons had the film world buzzing in 1997 when her feature-length debut "Eve's Bayou" hit art-house screens… More