- Award Snub: The film wasn't even nominated for any awards, and the scuttlebug is that a 1999 rape case against director Nate Parker had everything to do with it.
- Harsher in Hindsight: One of the celebrities to defend Parker during the rape scandal was Harvey Weinstein, who literally just a year later, would become ensnared in the biggest sex scandal in Hollywood history and starting the Me Too! movement.
- Overshadowed by Controversy: In between the movie's premiere at Sundance and its official release in theaters, some word started circulating about a 1999 rape case that Nate Parker and Jean Celestin (Parker's co-writer on the film) had been accused and later acquitted of while attending college at Penn State (with the alleged victim having recently committed suicide at the time). Both Parker and Fox Searchlight have commented on where they stood with the controversy.
- So Okay, It's Average: Putting aside all the hubbub over the film's creation and Nate Parker's past, this is the major critical reaction to the film, doing little that 12 Years a Slave didn't do better, while also being hampered by some very awkward edits, which are a result of the original version being severely cut down.
- Unfortunate Implications: The inclusion of a rape scene that didn't even happen in real life and its use a plot device with which to motivate the hero's rebellion would have been messy by itself but the allegations against Parker and Celestin only made it worse.
YMMV / The Birth of a Nation (2016)