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The Birth of a Nation Reviews

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November 8, 2018
With a fresh set of eyes, Parker effortlessly brings this past into the present and although many films dealing with slavery are lauded as courageous and inspirational simply for being, with "Birth of a Nation," he's actually made one that is.
November 5, 2018
An urgent primal scream from American history's darkest hour.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
November 4, 2018
A frustratingly incomplete half-measure overall, however understandable the sense that it might've been something more must have felt back in Park City. That final shot, though... damn, that really is something.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5
August 30, 2018
Ambitiously gripping and profoundly moving,
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
August 27, 2018
The look, sound, and overall story, along with Parker's moving portrayal of Nat Turner accompanied by an excellent supporting cast, make up for any flaws in the script, and hold the dark and dramatic story together.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
August 24, 2018
Nate Parker directs and stars as historical figure Nat Turner, a preacher and slave rebellion leader, beginning the film with a slow but well-paced examination of the lives of slaves in the Deep South.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
August 23, 2018
It certainly looks the part for a major studio release, and the story, based on real events, is one that deserves to be brought before a wider audience.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
August 22, 2018
There's nothing inherently honorable or complex about presenting these visuals simply to punish the viewer. Where's the substance, or the layers of human conflict? The Birth of a Nation only has time for loud symbolism posing as social justice.
August 21, 2018
"The Birth of a Nation" most definitely has its strong moments, but at times can be weighted down by the non-development of those closest to Turner; which also, in turn, lessens the emotional impact.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
August 21, 2018
There is something thrilling in seeing black male heroes exercising their agency Braveheart-style.
August 20, 2018
Shot over 27 fast-moving days on location, in Savannah,... this cinematography could help land a Best Picture nomination come Oscar season.
July 11, 2018
The beauty, and occasional lumpiness, of Parker's vision grows out of the fact that this is a film brimming with grim-visaged vigor.
June 12, 2018
Cinematically and thematically, it's lazy and depends too heavily on intense violence to drive the point home.
March 15, 2018
... [director Nate] Parker disdains the importance of his historical context to tell an easily digestible story of revenge... [Full review in Spanish]
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
February 23, 2018
Birth insightfully illustrates some of the most difficult elements of Christian theology.
December 4, 2017
The final moments of the film will be seared into your brain forever
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
November 19, 2017
Parker's film depicts an important event in American history through the eyes of an amateur passing a test in Film Production 101.
October 17, 2017
Parker writes, directs and stars in a film that initially seems mired in the familiar cliches of the Deep South, but gains real power as its violent, unpalatable story builds to its Braveheart-style climax.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 28, 2017
It's very strange to watch painful verities staged in a way that diminishes their power under the guise of amplifying it. This is a film about deep-seated systems of oppression that feels tonally like a superhero origin myth.
September 26, 2017
One of The Birth of a Nation's biggest weaknesses is that the film's female characters are given little consideration in comparison to their male counterparts.
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