The Book of Negroes

Movie review by Kari Croop, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 15+

Riveting slavery epic is artful, sobering, and inspiring.

NR 2015 265 minutes

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age 14+

Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 18+

Based on 1 review

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age 16+

Excellent!

The series presents an awesome insight into the perils, struggles, and triumphs of blacks caught up in the slave trade, trying to flee, making their new lives amid the other conflicts of colonial North America, and advocating for themselves in Britain. The lead actress is nothing short of masterfully powerful. The supporting cast doesn't disappoint either. The strong language and violence is alm ost necessary to make things authentic. The only scenes that were a little unecessarily graphic were the simulated sex scenes, which I wouldn;t wnt to watc with my young teenagers, otherwise I'd probably rate it 13+.

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age 11+

Educational and factual

This is a excellent educational and factual book of history . The world should never forget the slavery of all our ancestors . A great read and very touching account of historical events

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