The Green Pastures Reviews

December 10, 2020
Weren't the children of the Sunday school scene adorable? Weren't the Spirituals inspiring? And above all wasn't Rex Ingram -- divine?
July 15, 2020
This is all a lot of tommyrot, as the only thing it is keeping with is the white man's idea and desire to see the poor black man in rags, squalor, and privation.
October 18, 2019
It's not easy to make a "divine comedy"... This miracle occurs nonethless in The Green Pastures. [Full review in Spanish]
October 18, 2019
Green Pastures does not portray the idea of heaven of "thousands of quaint Negroes in the South.'' It doesn't portray the idea of Negroes anywhere, or of any class.
October 18, 2019
[Rex Ingram] doubles ably as Adam and the Prophet Hezdrel.
October 18, 2019
There have been, in the past, a few minor films about Negro life. But none has ever approached the pretentious dimensions of Green Pastures, none has given the Negro actor so great and dignified an opportunity as he has [in this film].
August 8, 2019
The great folk-classic of the stage, finely transferred to the screen.
March 26, 2009
The Green Pastures is a simple, enchanting, audience-captivating all-Negro cinematic fable.
January 15, 2007
Recreates various Sunday school stories from the Old Testament that's told in a spirited manner in the lingo of the rural southern Negro.
June 24, 2006
Constructed as a series of Sunday School Bible stories linked by spirituals, it has enormous charm in its folklorish fancies... What is offensive is the way in which the depths of plangent suffering that inspired the spirituals are totally ignored.
February 16, 2006
It's all ridiculous, of course, but in an open-hearted, naïve sort of way it's an oddly captivating achievement.
January 6, 2006
There can be no questioning the uplifting moral fiber of the tales, the infectious spirit of its music, or the genuine affection brought to their parts by the actors involved.
August 14, 2005
March 24, 2005
January 2, 2005
All African-American cast in dated but powerful religious drama.
June 16, 2003
Fine film version of the play with Rex Ingram in a brilliant central performance as God.
May 21, 2003
[It's] hard not to like the simple and gratifying theology of [Pastures] as much as anything about it. It has concreteness and gives one a nostalgic feeling that it ought to be true and that if it isn't we are all, somehow, obscurely the worst for it.
January 1, 2000
In many ways, this is one of the best biblical films ever done. Mostly because it doesn't preach, just entertains, and in doing that, puts its lessons across with a minimum of effort.