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Black Nativity Review

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3.5

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 3.0
    48

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Mixed or average reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 50

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly 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 with enough soap opera twists and heavy-handed schmaltz that you'll feel like you're being bludgeoned with a hymnal.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Stephen Farber

    This holiday extravaganza with an all-star cast has a lot of failings. But it seems likely to tap into the audience’s enthusiasm for uplifting entertainment.

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  • 60

    out of 100

    Variety Justin Chang

    Lemmons advances this story with straight-faced conviction, orchestrating narrative and spectacle with a grandiosity that proves easier to admire from a distance than it is to engage with onscreen.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    USA Today 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 hearts serve no one.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune 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 sinner, but something like a human being.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times 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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