12 Years a Slave Reviews

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September 24, 2020
It seems impossible to think of anyone turning in as fine a performance as Ejiofor does here.
August 26, 2020
It may have taken its time to daunder down under, garnering plenty of awards buzz behind it, but late January finally saw Steve McQueen's impeccably crafted slavery epic hit our shores, and boy was the eventual Best Picture Oscar-winner worth the wait.
July 23, 2020
An incredible story of a man who clung to the hope of returning to his family, and used it to push away the horrible world he was forced into.
July 15, 2020
I only have one word to describe 12 Years a Slave - masterpiece.
June 25, 2020
The dramatic power of this film is an explicitly graphic and emotional material, in addition to working as an allegory towards racism and slavery, a cinema that is not afraid to express the shameful past of a nation. [Full review in Spanish]
June 19, 2020
As McQueen's observant camera reminds us, we are all, in some insidious way, kin under the skin.
November 26, 2019
Overall, 12 Years a Slave is a brave piece of filmmaking and one to last through the ages in terms of acting and storytelling.
August 27, 2019
12 Years a Slave occupies that sparsely inhabited place beyond Oscar statues and Tomatometer scores, in the upper stratosphere of movies that act as time machine and history professor. It is, for want of a better word, important.
August 8, 2019
The film itself is beautiful. Each shot is pure artwork. Each note of music is pure emotion. Every cut is perfectly pieced together. Steve McQueen has assembled something that is great.
July 31, 2019
Exquisitely built, so expertly acted and so fearlessly directed.
July 16, 2019
It's an exhausting journey through one man's experiences being denied his humanity, a decade living as property. There's no lesson to be learned. If you need a movie to tell you that slavery is wrong, well, this movie isn't for you. No movie is.
June 9, 2019
Too often have [slavery's] horrors been whitewashed in popular culture, but here at last McQueen lays them bare through the eyes and words of a man who experienced the unthinkable.
June 7, 2019
12 Years A Slave is such a powerful film that it leaves you overwhelmed by the horror of its truth. It's a faithful adaptation of the real-life memoir of Solomon Northup.
June 7, 2019
The definitive film on its subject matter.
April 9, 2019
It is a brave piece that takes the uneasy subject and creates a superb piece of cinema. It is among the very best films of 2013.
February 20, 2019
The performances are truly harrowing.
January 27, 2019
There's a tyranny in McQueen's vision as he compels hero Solomon Northup on a vile trajectory of kidnap, brutality and dehumanisation.
January 25, 2019
12 Years a Slave is for those who want to see Ejiofor's brilliance, believe that this history should be told so it will never be repeated -- and can bear to witness it interpreted for the screen.
January 8, 2019
12 Years a Slave also means that there is finally a film about slavery in America that is not told only through white people's eyes.
December 10, 2018
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