Aug 18, 2021
Whatever one thinks of the messenger, the delivered movie is worthy of attention. It's a film for the here and now, a document that nicely supports the Black Lives Matter movement (and throws shade on the All Lives Matter nonsense).
Dec 23, 2020
The Birth of a Nation is a fine film that deserves your attention.
Dec 4, 2020
Fresh visions of hellish cruelties fuel brewing injustices that ever so slowly intensify to a monumental confrontation.
Sep 3, 2020
The script, however, is a paint-by-numbers biopic that benefits greatly from the inherent drama within its story.
Aug 7, 2020
In short, Parker's film foregoes an honest historical account of a crucial episode, in favor of an ahistorical, quasi-religious "black savior" narrative...
Apr 28, 2020
The Birth of a Nation tells an important story in American history, and one day, I'm guessing, someone else will tell it better. As it stands, I still think it's an important movie, worth seeing as an example of filmmaking at its most emotionally raw.
Mar 31, 2020
Once the first act establishes the players and introduces a charming romance for Nat, The Birth of a Nation hits its stride.
Feb 13, 2020
I have to give Nate Parker a ton of credit for having the drive and the passion for getting The Birth of a Nation made and distributed.
Feb 3, 2020
Qualms aside, The Birth of a Nation has a couple of potent scenes that get seared in your brain. Parker takes some questionable dramatic licenses, but he's crafted a film that shouldn't be dismissed.
Jan 22, 2020
This darling directed by Nate Parker about a slave revolt crackled with authenticity. Unfortunately a personal issue with the director derailed the film. But cinema shouldn't be judged by the ills and sins of the filmmakers or actors.
Jan 14, 2020
Actor-turned-director Nate Parker has delivered a rabble-rousing classic of the genre.
Dec 7, 2019
Parker's passion for the project keeps the ship upright, even when the film veers towards grandiloquence.
Nov 13, 2019
Overall, The Birth of a Nation is a solid directorial debut marred by missed creative opportunities.
Oct 2, 2019
There's a sense of rightful restoration and acknowledgment here, a more realistic notion of The Birth of a Nation.
Jul 16, 2019
There's a pulpy, macabre sense of thrill once the rebellion begins and white blood is vengefully spilt, but as in the history books, it's over before it truly begun. It's a shame that a film with so much potential is content simply to clear a low bar.
Feb 14, 2019
The Birth of a Nation is brutal and sad and difficult to watch at times. However, it also shines a light on a dark time in our nation's history and on a story that too many of us know precious little about.
Nov 19, 2018
To see the strange fruit hanging from the trees in the aftermath, while Nina Simone interprets Billie Holiday's iconic song on the soundtrack, overtly captures Parker's outpouring of anger and injustice.