- Rated: PG
- Run Time: 1 hours, 33 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: April 15, 2014
- Originally Released: 2013
- Label: Fox Searchlight
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Note: Featurettes:
- First look
- The cast of Black Nativity
- An inspiring playwright: Langston Hughes and be grateful
- Dual Layer
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 2.39
- Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo - English, French, Spanish
- Dolby Digital 5.1 - English, French, Spanish
- Subtitles - English, French, Spanish
Performers, Cast and Crew:
USA Today - 11/29/2013
"Based on the play by poet/activist Hughes, this updated faith-based tale features rousing musical numbers..."
Los Angeles Times - 11/26/2013
"BLACK NATIVITY is a musical too, and on that front there are gifts aplenty. Hudson's voice lifts the proceedings every time she sings."
Chicago Sun-Times - 11/26/2013
"The film, like the play, has a captivating gospel flavor that easily raises the roof beams."
Variety - 11/24/2013
"You have to admire the earnest, nakedly emotional approach taken by writer-director Kasi Lemmons..."
Hollywood Reporter - 11/25/2013
"Characters break into song in everyday settings, and these scenes work surprisingly well, partly because Hudson and Latimore are such gifted musical performers."
RogerEbert.com - 11/27/2013
3 stars out of 4 -- "The film's modern-day retelling of Christ's birth is sprinkled with lines from Hughes' poetry and the stage production's script, as well as shout-outs to the hero's namesake. These all resonate, thanks to the setting: Harlem."
Total Film - 12/02/2013
3 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he music is tremendous."
Director Kasi Lemmons updates Langston Hughes' acclaimed play for the screen in this inspirational musical drama with a positive spiritual message. Langston (Jacob Latimore) is a street-smart Baltimore teen who lives with his single mother Naima (Jennifer Hudson). It's Christmas, and this year Jordan is traveling to New York City for a stay with his distant relatives Reverend Cornell (Forest Whitaker) and Aretha Cobbs (Angela Bassett). When Reverent Cornell's strict rules prove too oppressive for the rebellious teen to handle, however, Jordan decides he'd rather spend the holidays with his mother, and embarks on an eye-opening journey that teaches him the true importance of faith and family.