Cabin in the Sky Reviews

February 22, 2019
Cabin In The Sky can feel a little claustrophobic and stage-bound, but it develops a jazzy, infectious rhythm (especially in its third act), and it's a rare treat to see so many supernovas of the black entertainment universe together in one movie.
February 22, 2019
The cast is quite exceptional.
February 22, 2019
The strong cast manage to overcome dumb racist stereotyping with terrific songs, with all the jazz musicians inexplicably on the devil's team.
February 25, 2018
...a suspect morality tale, yet once the performers grab ahold of the music, all that falls by the wayside.
October 21, 2009
Lustrous, gospel-folklore retelling of Faust
July 18, 2009
Fascinatingly stylized musical.
October 18, 2008
It was possible, even working against terrible odds, to achieve a level of art.
June 24, 2006
The gorgeous dreamlike sets and consummate control of the fantastic atmosphere that imbues the story (an idle, poverty-stricken farmer dreams of being sent to Hell upon dying) are already well developed.
June 22, 2006
Minnelli's feature debut was MGM's first all-black musical since Vidor's Hallellujah!, a stylized fable boasting great performances from Lena Horne, in her first major role, and Ethel waters, as her nemesis.
March 25, 2006
Cabin in the Sky is a bountiful entertainment.
February 16, 2006
Vincente Minnelli's enjoyable directorial debut.
May 21, 2004
October 6, 2003
The performances are required to be charming, deft, and knowing in order to offset the stage devices and camp of it all, and they are. Ethel Waters sings very effectively with her trademark enunciation and phrasing.
August 14, 2003
Top-notch musical with great performances.
August 7, 2003
Forget the story -- just relish the stars.
January 1, 2000
This all-black 1943 musical was Vincente Minnelli's first assignment as a director, and while he doesn't succeed in completely legitimizing it, evidence of his taste and talent is sprinkled throughout.