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: November 27, 2013
DVD Release Date: April 15, 2014
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Critic Score: 51% 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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Matt Zoller Seitz

Earnest, square and proudly evangelical, "Black Nativity" is so unusual that its rough aspects are easy to forgive.

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Josh Terry
Deseret News (Salt Lake City)

Even though Black Nativity feels a little cluttered early on, a strong third act leaves the audience with the clarity of a more satisfying high note (and I mean that literally; a cover of the Stevie Wonder classic "As" plays over the closing credits).

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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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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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Neely Swanson
Easy Reader (California)

"Black Nativity," loosely based on a play by Langston Hughes, is brought beautifully to life by writer/director Kasi Lemmons, a true auteur in every sense of the word.

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Mark Jenkins

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

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Eric D. Snider

Its pastoral ambitions compensate for its lack of finesse.

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Dwight Brown
National Newspaper Publishers Association

Black Nativity is a jubilant experience.

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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