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November 27, 2013
PG , 1 hr 33 min
770 Fan Ratings
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Synopsis: A teen (Jacob Latimore) goes to New York to spend Christmas with his estranged relatives.
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Reverend Cornell Cobbs
Mary J. Blige
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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.
While the film certainly targets a particular audiences, those viewers who don’t fall squarely into that demographic should nevertheless...
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...
By Roger Moore
Modestly entertaining and uplifting version of a “greatest story” that has proven as malleable as it is timeless.
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...
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.
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...
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...
By Justin Chang
Lemmons advances this story with straight-faced conviction, orchestrating narrative and spectacle with a grandiosity that proves easier to...
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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Rated PG | For Thematic Material, Language and A Menacing Situation
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Common Sense Media says OK for kids 9+
Christmas musical is feel-good story of faith, forgiveness.
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