• PG-13, 1 hr. 31 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Benh Zeitlin
    In Theaters:
    Jun 27, 2012 Limited
    On DVD:
    Dec 4, 2012
  • Fox Searchlight


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Beasts of the Southern Wild Reviews

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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
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What is also extraordinary is that almost all the people we see are actors. So this is not a documentary but a moving enactment by people who are themselves moved.

Full Review Source: The New Republic

June 17, 2013
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight

A cute, but meandering story of growing up alone and having to fend for oneself even when there's help to be received.

Full Review Source: Cinema Sight | Original Score: 3/4

March 21, 2013
Fr. Chris Carpenter
Rage Monthly

One of the ten best films of 2012.

Full Review Source: Rage Monthly | Original Score: A-

January 27, 2013
Matt Neal
The Standard

A strangely different and slightly magical film.

Full Review Source: The Standard | Original Score: 4/5

January 23, 2013
Mary Clare Waireri
Fan The Fire

Prepare to be moved and inspired by this unique masterpiece.

Full Review Source: Fan The Fire | Original Score: 5/5

January 20, 2013
Mark Sells
The Reel Deal

Beasts of the Southern Wild is the reason we go to movies.

Full Review Source: The Reel Deal | Original Score: 4.5/5

January 18, 2013
Rob Humanick
Projection Booth

Yearns to find eternal truths under impossible circumstances, and succeeds with flying colors by my watch.

Full Review Source: Projection Booth

January 10, 2013
Perry Seibert
TV Guide's Movie Guide

In his willingness to ignore convention, Zeitlin does reveal a confidence that few first-time directors display. He's made a film that's the antithesis of Hollywood's summer mind-set.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 3/4

January 8, 2013
Christy Lemire
Associated Press
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Beasts of the Southern Wild is sheer poetry on screen: an explosion of joy in the midst of startling squalor and one of the most visceral, original films to come along in a while.

Full Review Source: Associated Press

January 8, 2013
Jordan Hiller

For all its curiosities and loose ends, Beasts of the Southern Wild casts a formidable spell.

Full Review Source: Bangitout.com | Original Score: 3/4

December 31, 2012
Roger Moore
McClatchy-Tribune News Service

A startling debut feature - this year's "Winter's Bone," but a film all the more magical because we sense that even Zeitlin, as sharp as his eye undoubtably is, will never be able to duplicate it.

Full Review Source: McClatchy-Tribune News Service | Original Score: 4/4

December 30, 2012
Jason Gorber

Without TREMÉ, BEASTS would not have worked for me, and compared to TREMÉ, BEASTS is little more than a slight, forgettable diversion.

Full Review Source: Twitch | Original Score: B-

December 28, 2012
James Plath
Movie Metropolis

Really the lifestyle of these people takes center stage. It's hard not to appreciate their joie de vivre, or the believable performances these non-actors give. They're both "beasts"!

Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis | Original Score: 8/10

December 10, 2012
Clay Cane

The film with the biggest heart of 2012.

Full Review Source: BET.com | Original Score: B

December 10, 2012
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures

I doubt anyone is going to watch Beasts of the Southern Wild and understand it immediately... But it's still a fascinating movie.

Full Review Source: 7M Pictures | Original Score: 3/5

December 9, 2012
CJ Johnson
ABC Radio (Australia)

This movie has to be seen to be believed, and to be believed, it simply has to be seen.

Full Review Source: ABC Radio (Australia) | Original Score: 4/5

December 4, 2012
William Bibbiani

Fully formed and beautiful whether you like it or not.

Full Review Source: CraveOnline | Original Score: 9/10

December 4, 2012
Matt Glasby

The strangest, sweetest coming-of-age flick you'll see all year.

Full Review Source: Flicks.co.nz | Original Score: 4/5

November 29, 2012
Roz Laws
Birmingham Post

It's a human drama which stays with you for quite some time afterwards.

Full Review Source: Birmingham Post | Original Score: 4/5

November 14, 2012
Simon Reynolds
Digital Spy

Beasts is an extraordinary, deeply moving film that's one of the best of 2012. When the end credits roll - just like Hushpuppy - you'll feel like the king of the Bathtub.

Full Review Source: Digital Spy | Original Score: 5/5

October 26, 2012
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