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  • Series Premiere Date: Feb 25, 2008
  • Season #: 1
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82

Universal acclaim - based on 19 Critics What's this?

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7.6

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  • Summary: The Broadway cast, which includes Phylicia Rashad and Sean Combs, reunite in this TV revival of the award-winning play.
  • Genre(s): Drama, Movie/Mini-Series
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. Reviewed by: Eddy Weiss
    100
    It's a beauty--in many ways richer than the Broadway production--and should not be missed.
  2. 100
    ABC's new version of A Raisin in the Sun deserves fanfare: It's a strong contender for best TV movie of the season.
  3. Reviewed by: James Poniewozik
    90
    Rapper Sean Combs holds his own as ambitious son Walter Lee Jr., but Phylicia Rashad is devastating as a matriarch trying to hold her family together when a dream deferred turns dangerous.
  4. Those three performances are so good that they lift up everyone around them, whether it's Combs (best whenever he has Rashad or McDonald to spar with) or John Stamos, surprisingly subtle in what could be a thankless role as the white man who doesn't want the Youngers moving into his neighborhood.
  5. There are no mediocre performances here.
  6. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    80
    No one will mistake this well-produced but inevitably dialogue-driven piece for pure cinema, but Leon and adapter Paris Qualles open up the play just enough to avoid the usual stage-to-screen claustrophobia.
  7. It seems more a collection of cliches than the revered semiautobiographical work of the first black woman playwright to land on Broadway, a woman whose father fought a restrictive racial covenant all the way to the Supreme Court to keep his family's home in a white Chicago neighborhood in the '30s.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11