The Birth of a Nation Reviews

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November 20, 2017
Parker's film depicts an important event in American history through the eyes of an amateur passing a test in Film Production 101.
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.
August 28, 2017
What we have here is a deeply flawed but frequently rewarding picture, with a lot to say about how stories can both guide and misguide us.
June 14, 2017
The Birth of a Nation isn't an easy story to watch, but it's one that absolutely demands to be told.
December 27, 2016
Soapbox didacticism and complex drama can never coexist.
December 9, 2016
This is a square, conventional portrait, not befitting of a revolution or a revolutionary.
December 9, 2016
Barely a film at all but a pageant.
December 8, 2016
Parker's directorial approach ... has the overconfidence that smacks of underconfidence, in terms of finding the right way to tell this story.
December 8, 2016
This is a film that moves with a careful, self-conscious tread.
December 7, 2016
What makes [Parker's] film so provocative and so troubling is its absolute refusal to provide its audience with a consolatory ending.
December 6, 2016
The more you think about it, the quicker it falls to pieces.
December 5, 2016
An unapologetic, impassioned biopic, The Birth Of A Nation begins quietly but ends in a howl of rage. It might not be perfect, but it's powerful enough to stay with you.
November 7, 2016
Ensemble acting is rarely this flawless.
October 17, 2016
Parker's film is at its best when he presents his harrowing story straightforwardly.
October 12, 2016
The Birth of a Nation is a stirring piece of revisionist history that marks an auspicious directorial debut.
October 11, 2016
It is a righteous, religious film that almost bludgeons audiences with its powerful message, and is the product of the one-man-band of Nate Parker, who wrote, directed and plays the lead.
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.
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