The production was nominated for numerous awards, including an Emmy and a Golden Globe for Berry, and won a Best Actor Black Reel Award for Michael Ealy.
Reviewers frequently commented that the film didn't do Hurston justice, particularly in the area of the author's rich use of language. Everyone seems to agree, however, that Berry is a near-perfect rendering of Janie. Watch with us this Thursday and let us know what you think.
Here are a few of the reviews:
The New York Times' Virginia Heffernan says, "...Ms. Winfrey has always had an uncanny way of getting people to do their homework. And like it."
And Variety magazine says the film "...crucially lacks the tough lyricism and cohesive vision of Hurston's prose."