The Birth of a Nation
The Birth of a Nation (2016)

Set against the antebellum South, THE BIRTH OF A NATION follows Nat Turner, a literate slave and preacher, whose financially strained owner, Samuel Turner, accepts an offer to use Nat's preaching to subdue unruly slaves. As he witnesses… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: October 7, 2016
DVD Release Date: January 10, 2017
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Critic Score: 72% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The Birth of a Nation overpowers its narrative flaws and uneven execution through sheer conviction, rising on Nate Parker's assured direction and the strength of its vital message.

Christopher Orr
The Atlantic

Parker's film is at its best when he presents his harrowing story straightforwardly.

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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post

The Birth of a Nation is a flawed but fairly compelling chapter of the American story that powerfully resonates with how that story is playing out today.

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Lisa Rosman

Parker rarely overplays his hand, displaying a narrative and visual restraint that enhances the story's mythological elements without manipulating its viewers.

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Richard Brody
New Yorker

A seriously damaged and inadequate movie ... its defects reveal traits of character-arrogance, vanity, and self-importance-that exert an unfortunately strong influence on Parker's directorial choices.

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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor

The highly charged arena into which this film about America's bloodiest slave revolt arrives gives it a cachet that, in artistic if not sociological terms, it does not really merit.

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Abby Olcese

As art, its message is timely, its harsh images necessary, and its emotion undeniable.

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Alan Scherstuhl
Village Voice

If you forgive him enough to see it, The Birth of a Nation offers a troubling tangle of the personal and historical. But above all else it's commercial, an entertainment of purpose and some power.

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Amy Nicholson

What if the way to honor Nat Turner is to pay attention to artists who aren't shackled by the Academy's limited definition of what a black Best Picture winner is allowed to discuss?

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Eleanor Ringel Cater
Saporta Report (Atlanta)

Arriving amid a swirl of controversy, rumors and standing ovations at the Sundance Film Festival, The Birth of a Nation is a powerhouse of a picture.

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Flixster Audience Score: 72% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
There is great material for a powerful drama here, but director Nate Parker tries too hard to soften it and avoid any controversies regarding his hero's… More
Dann Michalski
A pretentious and poorly made biopic, The Birth of a Nation lacks passion and focus. The story follows a slave named Nat Turner who becomes a preacher and ends… More
Mark Hobin
The Birth of a Nation is a powerful work, but it's a disturbing one as well. As a document that challenges racism and white supremacy, it is most assuredly… More
Glenn Gaylord
TRAGIC HISTORY - My Review of THE BIRTH OF A NATION (3 1/2 Stars) I've resisted seeing THE BIRTH OF A NATION, actor/writer/director Nate Parker's… More
Nate Zoebl
Sold for a record $17.5 million at the Sundance Film Festival, there were big expectations for the Nat Turner biopic, The Birth of a Nation.… More
Joey Traverso
The story of Nat Turner is both powerful and important, and telling a story about his brave uprising and the impact it had on our nation is a noble effort. That… More