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  • Release Date: Nov 1, 2013
Metascore
68

Generally favorable reviews - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. Reviewed by: Noah Berlatsky
    Feb 12, 2014
    80
    The New Black is unabashedly pro-gay marriage, but it treats the other side respectfully. Opponents of gay marriage in the community are given their say.
  2. Reviewed by: Ernest Hardy
    Oct 29, 2013
    80
    What emerges is an illuminating look at the ways race, specifically blackness, has been cynically portrayed by the mainstream media, rightwing politicians and religious leaders, and even some white queer activists.
  3. Reviewed by: Glenn Kenny
    Feb 14, 2014
    75
    The New Black is an informative, measured, and never-not-engaging documentary about the emergence of LGBT consciousness in African-American communities across the U.S., and particularly communities with a strong church presence.
  4. Reviewed by: Nick McCarthy
    Feb 11, 2014
    75
    It does little to break free of the conventional talking-head documentary format, but thoughtful in how it prizes dialogue over acrimony and one-sided rhetoric.
  5. Reviewed by: Ronnie Scheib
    Feb 18, 2014
    70
    Laid-back yet incisive, The New Black examines the complexity of black attitudes toward same-sex marriage, which the mainstream media tend to oversimplify as church-dominated and uniformly negative.
  6. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    Feb 11, 2014
    70
    Ms. Richen elucidates an entire spectrum of views, from actively egalitarian to reactively homophobic.
  7. Reviewed by: Martin Tsai
    Nov 1, 2013
    70
    Director Yoruba Richen has refreshingly avoided making this polemic into propaganda, a temptation many lesser documentarians could not resist.
  8. Reviewed by: Ben Kenigsberg
    Feb 12, 2014
    58
    The film largely lacks the urgency its subject demands. It’s an extended news segment in the form of a feature film.
  9. Reviewed by: Farran Smith Nehme
    Feb 12, 2014
    50
    The New Black often feels like a polished but uninspired op-ed.

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