12 Years a Slave Reviews

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March 4, 2018
12 Years a Slave is, like The Trial, a trapdoor over the abyss. Although less abrupt than Kafka's novel, the movie wastes little time before plunging its viewer into a nightmare of dehumanization.
January 13, 2015
It speaks to the courage and resilience of one man, the savagery of many, and the potential, for both good and for ill, in us all.
January 13, 2015
In its own saintly manner, it's as exploitative as anything critics accused Django Unchained of being, minus Tarantino's eye for idiosyncrasy and sense of humor.
January 7, 2014
The cumulative emotional effect is devastating: the final scenes are as angry, as memorable, as overwhelming as anything modern cinema has to offer.
December 31, 2013
So overpowering is this film's simple, horrible, and almost entirely true story that it's hard to get enough distance on 12 Years a Slave to poke at its inner workings.
December 31, 2013
Every scene of 12 Years a Slave, and almost every shot, conveys some penetrating truth about America's original sin.
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.
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