The Birth of a Nation Reviews

October 17, 2016
Parker's film is at its best when he presents his harrowing story straightforwardly.
October 10, 2016
A seriously damaged and inadequate movie ... its defects reveal traits of character-arrogance, vanity, and self-importance-that exert an unfortunately strong influence on Parker's directorial choices.
October 7, 2016
If you forgive him enough to see it, The Birth of a Nation offers a troubling tangle of the personal and historical. But above all else it's commercial, an entertainment of purpose and some power.
October 7, 2016
The Birth of a Nation is a flawed but fairly compelling chapter of the American story that powerfully resonates with how that story is playing out today.
October 7, 2016
The highly charged arena into which this film about America's bloodiest slave revolt arrives gives it a cachet that, in artistic if not sociological terms, it does not really merit.
Top Critic
October 7, 2016
What if the way to honor Nat Turner is to pay attention to artists who aren't shackled by the Academy's limited definition of what a black Best Picture winner is allowed to discuss?
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.
October 7, 2016
"The Birth of a Nation" aims for the gut and hits its target. Had it aimed a little higher, it might also have hit the mind, as well.
October 7, 2016
There's a deliberate mythmaking quality to Parker's reconstruction of the real-life Nat Turner, who was a much more morally complex figure than the righteous avenger Parker writes, directs, and plays him as.
October 6, 2016
A fast-moving, deeply absorbing, and thoroughly exciting directorial debut.