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12 Years a Slave Reviews

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August 30, 2018
Feels hemmed in by convention in a way that McQueen's previous films did not.
August 28, 2018
12 Years a Slave is a story that shows, efficiently and clearly, how institutionalized bigotry is a thing that affects everyone, even those who don't want to take part; how it strips out the possibility of kindness and erodes compassion.
August 25, 2018
12 Years a Slave is the most horrifying film you'll see all year. It's also one of the most beautiful.
August 24, 2018
Birector Steve McQueen presents slavery as it happened with a camera that hangs on shots long after we're comfortable looking. The only choice is to engage with what's on screen.
August 21, 2018
A definite must see and a film that is and should be rewarded for the work of its' director and actors bravery in making it. It will haunt you for days afterwards and ponder the cost of slavery both past and present on us all.
August 21, 2018
There are so many vital discussions raised - how bondage perverts both parties, the machinations of this industry... This is wedded to an aesthetic that snaps between woozy and stark.
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.
February 28, 2018
... [director Steve McQueen] has created one of the most terrifying, brutal and emotional stories about a time that in the United States (almost) everyone seems to want to forget... [Full review in Spanish]
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
February 28, 2018
The use of sequence shots, with the camera surrounding and swaying around the characters, makes the story more fluid. [Full review in Spanish]
February 28, 2018
... we are before an instant classic... [Full review in Spanish]
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
February 28, 2018
... is brilliant and generates an anguish difficult to bear. [Full review in Spanish]
February 28, 2018
John Ridley's versatile script locates Northup as a character of an involuntary double identity, which comes, in terrible comparison, from a privileged origin lost suddenly, in a country of dehumanizing hierarchies... [Full review in Spanish]
February 28, 2018
... an exquisite filmic conversation about an incredible story and a complex and dark reality of American's past. [Full review in Spanish]
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
February 28, 2018
... its director, Steve McQueen, did not make a movie to make us cry, he built a slippery mirror where one falls repeatedly during the 134 minutes of the film. [Full review in Spanish]
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
February 28, 2018
Steve McQueen, with 12 Years a Slave, presents his best work. [Full review in Spanish]
February 28, 2018
12 Years a Slave is more important than disturbing. McQueen is unafraid to regard indignity with honesty, which is why his latest film is both historic and ferociously modern.
February 27, 2018
McQueen packs his film with so much identifiable humanity you'll leave sore. Watching 12 Years is a grueling experience, and the artistry of the filmmakers and actors is a generous, pain-diminishing life raft.
February 27, 2018
...a concrete, expected story, but at the same time exemplary in its classic formula without being classist. [Full Review in Spanish]
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
February 21, 2018
This isn't a film about oppression, it is a luscious meditation on sadism and cruelty.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
February 1, 2018
McQueen's 12 Years a Slave, a rich and distinctly faithful adaptation of Northup's experiences, begs us to continue this conversation by offering an artful and critical reflection on our past, present and future as a nation.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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