The Birth of a Nation Reviews

August 19, 2013
Problematically, Birth of a Nation wasn't just a seminal commercial spectacle but also a decisively original work of art -- in effect, the founding work of cinematic realism, albeit a work that was developed to pass lies off as reality.
August 19, 2013
The quasi-Victorian Griffith was in so many respects way ahead of his time even if his philosophy and mind-set could often be said to be behind it.
February 6, 2008
Birth of a Nation is a great epoch in picture making; it's great for pictures and it's great for the name and fame of David Wark Griffith. When a man like Griffith in a new field can do what he has done, he may as well be hailed while he is living.
February 6, 2008
Griffith's later films are unquestionably superior. But here, in a very real sense, is where the movies began, both as an art and as a business.
Top Critic
March 25, 2006
The civil war battle pictures, taken in panorama, represent enormous effort and achieve a striking degree of success.
Top Critic
February 9, 2006
The biggest challenge the film provided for its audiences is perhaps to decide when 'ground-breaking, dedicated, serious cinematic art' must be reviled as politically reprehensible.
April 20, 2003
It is an unavoidable fact of American movie history, and must be dealt with.