A Raisin in the Sun (2008) - Rotten Tomatoes

A Raisin in the Sun (2008)




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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 possible. Each has a dream, each dream costs money, and each dream has a catch that threatens to tear the family apart.more
Rating: PG-13
Genre: Drama, Television
Directed By:
Written By: Paris H. Qualles
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 13, 2008
American Broadcasting Company (ABC)


Phylicia Rashad
as Lena Younger
Audra McDonald
as Ruth Younger
Sanaa Lathan
as Beneatha Younger
Sean 'P. Diddy' Comb...
as Walter Lee Younger
David Oyelowo
as Joseph Asagai
Sean Patrick Thomas
as George Murchison
John Stamos
as Carl Lindner
Emily Swiss
as Priscilla
Elle Downs
as Cocktail Waitress
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Critic Reviews for A Raisin in the Sun

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (1)

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.

Full Review… | January 30, 2008
Top Critic

Thoughtful, play-based drama examines racism.

Full Review… | January 1, 2011
Common Sense Media

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

Full Review… | May 28, 2008
Groucho Reviews

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

Full Review… | February 18, 2008

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

Full Review… | January 29, 2008
Film Threat

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.

Full Review… | January 24, 2008
Boxoffice Magazine

Audience Reviews for A Raisin in the Sun

The was a really moving film. Phyllicia Rashad did an amazing performance. This made me want to see the original.

Jon Lantz

Super Reviewer

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 the one room stage set expanded upon with some scenes of each character out in the world. Diddy is not bad, but the women steal the show.

Byron Brubaker

Super Reviewer

Masterful writing with some truly excellent performances. Really the only downside is the distracting orchestra playing what seemed like continuously in the background. All three women are amazing in their own distinct ways, and Sean Combs, though hardly a marval, holds his own. Interestingly, for me he was more convincing showing his character's flaws than the everday stuff. Phylicia Rashad has a very warm presence and gives a graceful performance. Sanaa Lathan makes what could have been an annoying character in lesser hands and gives her some truth. And Audra McDonald? Loved her. She made me really feel for her trapped, modest, underappreciated housewife. I might make it sound like a heavy-handed contricance, but the film gets by on sheer narrative momentum. A weighty, moving experience about capitalism, racism, family, and integrity in 1950s America.

Joey Nevarez

Super Reviewer

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