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The Birth of a Nation (2016)

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Nate Parker

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About the Movie

Set against the antebellum South, THE BIRTH OF A NATION follows Nat Turner (Nate Parker), a literate slave and preacher, whose financially strained owner, Samuel Turner (Armie Hammer), accepts an offer to use Nat’s preaching to subdue unruly slaves. As he witnesses countless atrocities - against himself and his fellow slaves - Nat orchestrates an uprising in the hopes of leading his people to freedom.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews

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72%
  • Reviews Counted: 210
  • Fresh: 151
  • Rotten: 59
  • Average Rating: 6.8/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: 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. – Alan Scherstuhl, Village Voice, Oct 7, 2016

Rotten: 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. – Richard Brody, New Yorker, Oct 10, 2016

Fresh: 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. – Ann Hornaday, Washington Post, Oct 7, 2016

Fresh: A fast-moving, deeply absorbing, and thoroughly exciting directorial debut. – Tirdad Derakhshani, Philadelphia Inquirer, Oct 6, 2016

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Customer Reviews

Have yet to

Have had this on pre order for weeks now still waiting. If I risk being shamed for supporting this movie based on the man who carried the story, I'll show my support every other way. I'm Canadian and they have no showing of this in theatres so ill continue to patiently wait to buy it. But it gets a five start simply for being a finished product.

Overdone and over the top

I just finished watching Birth of a Nation (not the original but the 2016 movie of the same title) on a plane. It tries to be Glory by reproducing a scene that Denzel Washington indelibly etched into the very fabric of filmdom. It tries to be 12 Years a Slave but is pornographic in the depictions of cruelty and sadism of the white masters. It doesn't have the bloodthirsty finesse of Django (yup, Django). And its homage to Roots is trite. Like all movies describing crimes against humanity, sometimes a less volatile and deliberate touch is better. When you try too hard you wind up getting tired.