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  • Series Premiere Date: Feb 25, 2008
  • Season #: 1
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Generally favorable reviews- based on 14 Ratings

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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
    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
    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
    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
  1. CameronK.
    Feb 27, 2008
    Phenomenal performance by Audra McDonald.
  2. SR.
    Mar 16, 2008
    This was easily the best production I've seen on commercial television in years. I know it was risky and I certainly hope it was worth the risk to ABC and the advertisers. It was way worth it to me. Expand
  3. MattR.
    Jun 27, 2008
    I have read the book for this play and the movie is just as good if not better than the play. it shows how racism and the hardships of people can be overcome by staying together as a family. This is a must watch movie Expand
  4. BillH.
    Feb 25, 2008
    Unfortunately, I'm old enough to have seen Sidney, Claudia Mc neil, Ruby Dee and Diana Sands in the original movie. This film with Diddy is good but I don't think it will ever move me as much as the 1961 movie. Expand
  5. LS.
    Feb 26, 2008
    This was a wonderful remake of this movie. I do not feel that Mr. Combs was as convincing in the role of Walter. Although he did do well, just over shadowed by the great women in the movie. Expand
  6. [Anonymous]
    Mar 27, 2008
    Better Luck, Next Time. The women carried the show. I never felt the passion of Walter Lee Younger from Sean Combs (P.Diddy). P.Diddy should fall back, in performing the character Walter, and do what he does best as an Executive Producer - "Behind the Scene". Expand
  7. AaronM.
    Feb 26, 2008
    Combs was awful, and the adaptation left out several key scenes form the play in favor of including dumbed-down sequences that attempted to emphasize the same problems the play dealt with much more powerfully. Expand

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