The Birth of a Nation - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

The Birth of a Nation Reviews

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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
June 12, 2018
Cinematically and thematically, it's lazy and depends too heavily on intense violence to drive the point home.
September 12, 2017
I wish this Nation had been borne rooted in the complex truth that even heroes experience dark nights of the soul.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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.
February 19, 2017
Jam-packed with debatable arguments, themes, and imagery, The Birth Of A Nation is sure to stir up an emotion - but in an overloaded fashion.
February 16, 2017
Dramatically shocking, it resorts to a bloody hyperrealism that can be understood as documentary rigor but also as an effective and simplistic manipulative mechanism. [Full review in Spanish]
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
February 13, 2017
A movie made of patches, fragments of other films about southern black slaves, cruel torture scenes, endless humiliations, outraged adolescents and animalized children. [Full review in Spanish]
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
October 19, 2016
Before I saw Nate Parker's Birth of a Nation, I wrongly believed that he might do something worthwhile, because of his seemingly brilliant revisionist use of that title. But now I give up.
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
September 13, 2016
The Birth Of a Nation stands out more for its subject controversy than for its production. [Full review in Spanish]
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
January 26, 2016
The film's often ham-fisted composition will leave many turned off.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 17, 2016
An important subject pre-digested and trivialised with a formulaic, vanity-project idea of seriousness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
October 6, 2016
The movie just revels in its own carnage that it just merely underwhelms its own purpose. Images of a floating angel upon one's death is as cheesy as anything you can witness in a C-level faith-driven picture on the Hallmark Channel.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
October 10, 2016
As a historical lesson, Birth of a Nation offers no teachable moments beyond being a cautionary tale about what happens when a group of people, who continue to face daily injustices, reach a boiling point.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
October 5, 2016
It's enough to conclude that The Birth of a Nation feels like the work of a passionate amateur who knows the power of the story he's telling but seems careless about how he tells it.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
October 7, 2016
While The Birth of a Nation certainly has a powerful and important story to tell, it is, ultimately, a story told with little depth or artistry or skill.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
October 6, 2016
The Birth of a Nation isn't good enough to make us forget the offscreen context, and that's nobody's fault but Parker's.
September 26, 2016
Parker's dramatization of the 1831 rebellion of Virginia slave Nat Turner is impressively mounted, unimaginatively directed, and dubiously conceived-provocative in title only.
October 21, 2016
Just terrible.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
September 11, 2016
The Birth of a Nation's narrowed scope recalls that of Mel Gibson's Braveheart.
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