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Black Nativity

HD   PG Closed Captioning

Kasi Lemmons

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About the Movie

In this contemporary adaptation of Langston Hughes’ acclaimed play, single mother Naima (Jennifer Hudson) sends her teenage son Langston (Jacob Latimore) to New York to live with his estranged grandparents, Reverend Cornell and Aretha Cobbs (Forest Whitaker and Angela Bassett). Once there, Langston embarks on a journey of self-discovery in this inspiring story of faith, family and forgiveness.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 85
  • Fresh: 43
  • Rotten: 42
  • Average Rating: 5.6/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: By the time the credits rolled, my eyes were sore from all the rolling. – Calum Marsh, Village Voice, Dec 9, 2013

Fresh: Even the movie's most wretched characters glow in the Harlem lamplight. – Mark Jenkins, NPR, Nov 28, 2013

Rotten: Takes Hughes' nativity story and shoves it into the far background of a sincere but tritely told modern drama about family, faith, and redemption. – Ty Burr, Boston Globe, Nov 28, 2013

Fresh: By the time the film reaches its biblically inspired dreamscape of a climax, "Black Nativity" qualifies as equal parts surreal and stirring. – Ann Hornaday, Washington Post, Nov 27, 2013

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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 2013

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