A Raisin in the Sun
A Raisin in the Sun (2008)

The Younger family strives to get out of their ghetto neighborhood on the south side of Chicago. When the patriarch of the family passes away and each family member is handed a slice of the insurance payoff, their escape finally seems… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: February 25, 2008
DVD Release Date: May 13, 2008
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Critic Score: 86% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
John Leonard
New York Magazine/Vulture

... Raisin works well on television, like so many other fifties plays that tended toward the Freudian and claustrophobic, with their Munch-scream close-ups and slammed Ibsen doors.

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Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews

A quintessentially American play, revisited...this one has towering performances from Rashad and McDonald.

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Ray Greene
Boxoffice Magazine

A Raisin in the Sun is a perfectly serviceable television adaptation of the recent Broadway revival of Lorraine Hansbury's classic 1959 play, but why it got a press screening at the Sundance Film Festival is difficult to say.

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Dennis Harvey

No one will mistake this well-produced but inevitably dialogue-driven piece for pure cinema, but Leon and adapter Paris Qualles open up the play just enough to avoid the usual stage-to-screen claustrophobia.

Kam Williams

An African-American classic every bit as relevant today as when it was first staged.

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Anne Louise Bannon
Common Sense Media

Thoughtful, play-based drama examines racism.

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Jessica Baxter
Film Threat

A Raisin in the Sun isn't bad... for a TV MOVIE.

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Flixster Audience Score: 70% Flixster User Reviews
Jon Lantz
The was a really moving film. Phyllicia Rashad did an amazing performance. This made me want to see the original.
Joey Nevarez
Masterful writing with some truly excellent performances. Really the only downside is the distracting orchestra playing what seemed like continuously in the… More
Byron Brubaker
A solid TV movie. I love the stage play. There is a lot for me to identify with in the story though I'm not a racial minority. It was interesting to see… More
Sarah Prisbylla
Great performances by all: entertaining, intense, and yes, "heart-warming".
Jarrin Rozenblad
Very touching story, everyone plays thier roles well. Though it is long it is a great movie.