Native Son
Native Son (1986)

Previously filmed in Argentina in 1951, black author Richard Wright's powerful race-conscious novel Native Son was remade in this barely released 1986 version. The story involves Bigger Thomas (Victor Love), an angry Depression-era… More

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Rated: PG
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: December 12, 1986
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Critic Score: 56% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Vincent Canby
New York Times

The film makers haven't listened to Wright. They appear to have been aiming at the same genteel audience that insists on seeing something sentimental and upbeat even in a television movie-of-the-week about AIDS.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

The movie understands that the story really is about the killer's point of view. It is not the story of a crime, not a docudrama, not a sociological essay.

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Richard Harrington
Washington Post

Transforms the novel into an all-too-genteel crime story, denuded of rage, devoid of social and historic context.

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TV Guide's Movie Guide

Ultimately, the film fails because of Silver's fears of offending the audience, the same fear that Wright himself faced and overcame.

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Rita Kempley
Washington Post

Unfortunately, drama translates as melodrama and speechy, preachy dialogue tells us we're watching something that's good for us.

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James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette

Well-intended but deadly dull

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