Based on 268 votes and 73 reviews.
To much use of the "N" word. This is the wordiest movie I ever seen. Didn't finish watching.
I watched it like a play ,
Denzel is the reason I went to see this movie. The acting was good but too much talk, it dragged on and on. The movie got heavy, too much monologue.
To much talk talk left after first 1/2 hr???Always referred to the devil... What a waste of a good coupon...
Excellent movie. The writing is superb. Each character has depth, a history you learn about or see playing out as the movie goes on (I almost said play, it feels like a play). And you care about each character. This movie touches the heart and will make you think, reflect, perhaps about your own family history or (U.S.) history in general.
Great acting, but too much monologue, always same scenery, same backyard.
Such an amazing impacting inspiring film
A very good movie Denzel and Viola had awesome chemistry Denzel was a little out there but for the time period that was reality very well done
Great actors and acting. This was how it was - realistic and sad.
This is a play on screen. It unfolds and plays out like a play. Having seen it on stage it was easy to appreciate it on screen. In this day of short attention spans and high velocity film, it may be diffucult for many to appreciate more cerebral films such as this one. It should not be assumed, as us often depicted in the visual media that poor or low income class live in dirty enviroments, have unkemp clothing or have the inability to maintain good hygiene. I know many poor people with beautiful teeth. It is in fact an excellent film opening the window to the struggles if the poor, and even moreso to the unique issues that face the poor of color. I have seen it three times, taken my grandchildren because it is a RARE film that does not depict the living environment as a drug, gang and immoral infested ghetto riddled with violence.