Black Nativity Synopsis
A teen (Jacob Latimore) goes to New York to spend Christmas with his estranged relatives.
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Mary Houlihan
Lemmons and her cast, aided by some great music, have created an interlude sure to lift the spirit during the holiday season.
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Film.com

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While the film certainly targets a particular audiences, those viewers who don’t fall squarely into that demographic should nevertheless...
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NPR

By Mark Jenkins
Like "Eve's Bayou," her best-known movie, Kasi Lemmons' Black Nativity presents a child's view of a troubled family. The latter film is...
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63

Movie Nation

By Roger Moore
Modestly entertaining and uplifting version of a “greatest story” that has proven as malleable as it is timeless.
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63

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Phillips
Whitaker's performance is the rock here. Even when the confrontations and evasions get a little ridiculous, he's neither wholly saint nor...
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63

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
Black Nativity offers a whopping serving of Yuletide emotion. And it's a musical - with plenty of wailing and rapping on the side.
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Anchored by a topnotch ensemble cast, it's toe-tapping holiday fare that's also a potent reminder that family resentments and hardened...
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60

Arizona Republic

By Bill Goodykoontz
The singing is terrific, particularly whenever Hudson belts out a number (and there is really no other way to describe her powerhouse...
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Variety

By Justin Chang
Lemmons advances this story with straight-faced conviction, orchestrating narrative and spectacle with a grandiosity that proves easier to...
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Entertainment Weekly

By Chris Nashawaty
While Hudson's and costar Mary J. Blige's soulful, stirring musical numbers are absolute dynamite, the rest of the film's story is larded...
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Black Nativity

By Jewllee
A movie for the family to go must see together. I'm going back Friday Morning to take my grandson with me! Parents need to go and check out. I enjoy the meaning of the movie!...

After school Special?

By sublime1971
It was kinda like a feature length afterschool special I used to watch back in the day (but w/singing.) Story would probably be interesting for elementary & middle school age, but high schoolers...

Black Nativity

By marleymk
I loved this movie! It had me in tears within the first 10 minutes. Great Christmas movie. The music was great! Wonderful cast. Definitely a must see movie!!!...

a family friendly movie

By legure03
I was skeptical about seeing it after i read one bad review but I still wanted to see it cause the previews had me curious... Im glad I followed my instinct and saw the movie. It made me laugh and...

Black Nativity

By cut3ygurl
Black Nativity is a good film, the actor/actresses were awesome. It's like a musical film, so singing is involved throughout. It's a great Christmas holiday movie and will warm your heart in the...

Black Nativity

By kaylasw1
I personally liked the movie as a form of entertainment. The plot was not complicated and somewhat predictable. Overall the movie was enjoyable and just the right length for this type of movie....

Great movie. Must see

By JustACE
The movie was very good. It teaches you forgiveness which EVERYBODY can stand a little of. It was directed and produced very well. Thumbs up to the cast. Very great movie...

Black Nativity, "THE MUSICAL!"

By brentscrutchin
Catch matinee show, you might not feel as cheated as I did. Direct to DVD or cable would have been MUCH better. Typical. Very disappointed. I thought I was watching a Tyler Perry's......

awesome musical

By Babygirl 82
it was awesome. they way it told Langston hughes story. The music and storyline touches your heart. the actors are superb in it. New comer jacob latimore is awesome. luke james did a great job with...

Great Family Feel Good Movie for the Holidays!

By paulabh2o
The story is at first sad but bridges the warmth of the holiday season with the ultimate love of a family bond. The music is soulful from the deep bluesy feel of Jennifer Holiday's woeful song of...

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Rated PG | For Thematic Material, Language and A Menacing Situation
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says OK for kids 9+ Christmas musical is feel-good story of faith, forgiveness.
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