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THE BIRTH OF A NATION

 
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At Theaters: 10/7/2016 On Video: 1/10/2017
Rated: R Length: 2 hr. min.
Internet: None Found Movie ID: 600858
Studio: Fox Searchlight
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Set against the antebellum South, THE BIRTH OF A NATION follows Nat Turner a literate slave and preacher, whose financially strained owner, Samuel Turner 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.
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Movie Type (Genre) Heading
Drama - This fact-based historical drama features a lot of scenes of disturbing and brutal violence, and that along with some harsh language make the film not for kids. This is a big showcase for writer/director/star Nate Parker, with other familiar actors such as Armie Hammer, Jackie Earle Haley, and especially Gabrielle Union only having much smaller roles.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Nate Parker RED HOOK SUMMER, THE SECRET LIFE OF BEES
Armie Hammer THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E. , THE LONE RANGER
Mark Boone Junior LIFE OF CRIME, FROZEN RIVER, 30 DAYS OF NIGHT
Director: Nate Parker THE BIRTH OF A NATION, RED HOOK SUMMER
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Production Notes Heading
Taking Back A Hero
An Inspirational Jouney To The Screen
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Content Heading
PROFANITY: 4 GD's; a number of others.
SEX/NUDITY: Brief non-sexual nudity.
VIOLENCE: Bloody beatings and killings.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Alcohol and tobacco.
ACTION: One big battle scene.
COMEDY: None.
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Berardinelli, Internet Critic Full Review
Very Good The Birth of a Nation is harrowing, compelling cinema - perhaps not as wrenching as 12 Years a Slave but not far removed. The film stands tall on its own merits and deserves to be seen irrespective of the perceived failings of its author.

Roger Ebert Full Review
Average ...an intriguing object, passionate and furious and shameless and slick, distorting history in both defensible and problematic ways. Parker's approach is never dull, exactly. But it's never remarkable enough to overwhelm the suspicion that you're not being told a story here so much as being sold a career.

USA Today Full Review
Excellent ...the drama isn't an easy watch, either from the standpoint of tortured blacks or in their white owners' climactic comeuppance. ...even as Parker's own past becomes a conversation outside multiplexes, there's no question that what he puts on the screen is artistry that can't be ignored.

NY Post Full Review
Excellent ...a marvel of controlled fury by Nate Parker... Both broader and deeper than the relentless and monotonous "12 Years a Slave,” it's one of the few important movies to hit cinemas this year.

Note: The rating above is our interpretation of what the critic would give this movie based on their review. We are not affiliated with these critic's in any way.

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Opinion Heading

Based on an Exit Polling of 18 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
*
Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
13-19Teens (M)
2
High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
1
Low
100%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
1
Low
100%
30+Adults (M)
7
Fairly High
86%
30+Adults (F)
7
Fairly High
100%
*Possible Ratings: Very High, High, Fairly High, About 50/50, Fairly Low, Low, Very Low.

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OPINION OVERVIEW
The following is the original "What's Worth Watching" write-up for this movie.

Moviegoer Opinions:

Based on a theater exit polling of 18 moviegoers:
TEENS: One male loved it and the other enjoyed it very much. No females.
TWENTYSOMETHINGS: The lone male and female didn't enjoy "The Birth of a Nation."
ADULTS: This is a rough movie to watch due to the extreme nature of the story, and the reviews show this. Only one male loved it with another one enjoying it very much. Unfortunately, 4 moviegoers felt it was only an "average" movie (enjoyable but nothing special or memorable). One reated it "below average." The females enjoyed it more than the males. Two loved it with two more indicating that they enjoyed it very much. The remaining three only rated it "average."

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