A Raisin in the Sun (2008) - Rotten Tomatoes

A Raisin in the Sun2008

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.


Phylicia Rashad
as Lena Younger
Audra McDonald
as Ruth Younger
Sanaa Lathan
as Beneatha Younger
Sean Combs
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 (7) | Top Critics (2)

... Raisin works well on television, like so many other fifties plays that tended toward the Freudian and claustrophobic, with their Munch-scream close-ups and slammed Ibsen doors.

January 5, 2018 | Full Review…

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.

January 30, 2008

Thoughtful, play-based drama examines racism.

January 1, 2011 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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

May 28, 2008 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

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

February 18, 2008 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

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

January 29, 2008 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for A Raisin in the Sun

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
Joey Nevarez

Super Reviewer

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

Jon Lantz
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
Byron Brubaker

Super Reviewer

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