MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 1,437 this week

Black Nativity (2013)

4.0
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 4.0/10 from 995 users   Metascore: 48/100
Reviews: 13 user | 38 critic | 29 from Metacritic.com

A street-wise teen from Baltimore who has been raised by a single mother travels to New York City to spend the Christmas holiday with his estranged relatives, where he embarks on a surprising and inspirational journey.

Director:

Writers:

(libretto), (screenplay)
Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

Editors' Spotlight

IMDb: What to Watch - Guardians of the Galaxy

In the latest episode of IMDb: What to Watch, Keith Simanton talks with director James Gunn and actors Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana and Vin Diesel about their movie Guardians of the Galaxy.


User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 22 titles
created 02 Feb 2013
 
list image
a list of 49 titles
created 8 months ago
 
a list of 35 titles
created 8 months ago
 
a list of 34 titles
created 2 months ago
 
a list of 34 titles
created 1 week ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Black Nativity" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Black Nativity (2013)

Black Nativity (2013) on IMDb 4/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Black Nativity.

User Polls

2 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

A drama that chronicles the life of Winnie Mandela from her childhood through her marriage and her husband's incarceration.

Director: Darrell Roodt
Stars: Jennifer Hudson, Terrence Howard, Elias Koteas
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

As Cecil Gaines serves eight presidents during his tenure as a butler at the White House, the civil rights movement, Vietnam, and other major events affect this man's life, family, and American society.

Director: Lee Daniels
Stars: Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey, John Cusack
Dreamgirls (2006)
Drama | Music | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Based on the Broadway musical, a trio of black female soul singers cross over to the pop charts in the early 1960s.

Director: Bill Condon
Stars: Beyoncé Knowles, Jamie Foxx, Eddie Murphy
Sparkle I (2012)
Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

In the 1960s, three sisters form a girl group and soon become local sensations with major label interest, but fame becomes a challenge as the close-knit family begins to fall apart.

Director: Salim Akil
Stars: Jordin Sparks, Carmen Ejogo, Whitney Houston
Drama | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

In 19th-century France, Jean Valjean, who for decades has been hunted by the ruthless policeman Javert after breaking parole, agrees to care for a factory worker's daughter. The decision changes their lives for ever.

Director: Tom Hooper
Stars: Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway
Why Did I Get Married? (Video 2006)
Comedy | Drama | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.2/10 X  

Every year, these friends get together for a weekend retreat. This year sparks fly from the first moment: Diana (an attorney married to Terry) is distressed that the unhappily married ... See full summary »

Director: Tyler Perry
Stars: Cheryl Pepsii Riley, LaVan Davis, Donna Stewart
Burlesque I (2010)
Drama | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A small-town girl ventures to Los Angeles and finds her place in a neo-burlesque club run by a former dancer.

Director: Steve Antin
Stars: Cher, Christina Aguilera, Alan Cumming
Footloose (2011)
Comedy | Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

City teenager Ren MacCormack moves to a small town where rock music and dancing have been banned, and his rebellious spirit shakes up the populace.

Director: Craig Brewer
Stars: Kenny Wormald, Julianne Hough, Dennis Quaid
Drama | Music | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

After the death of his brother, An expert street dancer goes to Georgia to attend Truth University. But his efforts to get an education and woo the girl he likes are sidelined when he joins... See full summary »

Director: Sylvain White
Stars: Columbus Short, Meagan Good, Ne-Yo
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  

An ambitious married woman's temptation by a handsome billionaire leads to betrayal, recklessness, and forever alters the course of her life.

Director: Tyler Perry
Stars: Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Vanessa Williams, Brandy Norwood
Drama | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Set in New York City's gritty East Village, the revolutionary rock opera RENT tells the story of a group of bohemians struggling to live and pay their rent. "Measuring their lives in love,"... See full summary »

Director: Michael John Warren
Stars: Will Chase, Adam Kantor, Michael McElroy
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A Muslim ex-con forms a friendship with his parole officer.

Director: Rachid Bouchareb
Stars: Forest Whitaker, Harvey Keitel, Brenda Blethyn
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
Street Prophet (Isaiah) (as Nasir Jones)
...
Luke James ...
Grace Gibson ...
...
Officer Butch McDaniels
...
Kyle
Henry Hunter Hall ...
Snoopy (as H. Hunter Hall)
...
Innkeeper
...
Chic Man
Edit

Storyline

In a contemporary adaptation of Langston Hughes' celebrated play, the holiday musical drama BLACK NATIVITY follows Langston (Jacob Latimore), a street-wise teen from Baltimore raised by a single mother, as he journeys to New York City to spend the Christmas holiday with his estranged relatives Reverend Cornell and Aretha Cobbs (Forest Whitaker and Angela Bassett). Unwilling to live by the imposing Reverend Cobbs' rules, a frustrated Langston is determined to return home to his mother, Naima (Jennifer Hudson). Langston embarks on a surprising and inspirational journey and along with his new friends, and a little divine intervention, he discovers the true meaning of faith, healing, and family. Written by Fox Searchlight

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama | Musical

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for thematic material, language and a menacing situation. | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

27 November 2013 (USA)  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$3,669,530 (USA) (29 November 2013)

Gross:

$7,017,178 (USA) (10 January 2014)
 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

| |

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Connections

Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Lady Gaga (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Can't Stop Praising His Name
Written by Ricky Grundy and Herman Netter
Performed by H.Doobie Powell and Gospeldelic Choir
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Good cast and acting but the movie was just too cheesy for me to fully get into. Feels like a made for TV movie.
12 April 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Proof of God's grace is all around you, you just have to open your eyes." After struggling single mom Naima (Hudson) is faced with foreclosure and homelessness right before Christmas she decides to send her son Langston to live with his grandparents. Her father Reverend Cobbs (Whitaker) and his wife gladly take him in even though none of them know each other. Langston wants nothing more then to get back home to his mother and will do anything to make that happen. When a stranger offers to help his life is changed. Even though the cast for this movie is good I was not thrilled about watching this. After watching it my preconceptions were pretty much right on. It wasn't terrible but it was just so over-the-top cheesy that it made it a little hard to get into and enjoy. If this was a made-for-TV movie it would have been OK but the fact that this was a theater release really makes you wonder why this got that kind of distribution when there are so many other more deserving movies that don't get the wide release this one did. Overall, cheesy and nothing amazing. It is a Christmas movie though so that has to be taken into account. I give this a C+.


0 of 0 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
I'm white and I think the title's fine very_adorkable
This looks worse than a Tyler Perry movie metallicatt731
BASED ON AN ICONIC 1961 MUSICAL PLAY BY LANGSTON HUGHES b-touch
Great music, thin plot madison_70
Is anyone familiar with the original material? SoulMusic529
Details SoulMusic529
Discuss Black Nativity (2013) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?