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12 Years a Slave Reviews

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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 19, 2019
The performances are truly harrowing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
January 24, 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.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
January 7, 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
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 11, 2018
Absorbing and comprehensively thought-provoking, 12 Years A Slave is one of the most hostile yet insightful movie-going experiences you will realize with glaring appreciation this year or any other year at the movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
November 1, 2018
It is possibly the most beautifully tragic film I have ever seen, it is sure to win some major awards, and is a big contender for my favourite film of 2013.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
October 12, 2018
12 Years a Slave is that rare film that transcends the hype surrounding it and is the most emotional experience I have had in a theater in some time.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
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]
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