12 Years a Slave Reviews

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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
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.
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.
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.
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 26, 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.
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