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12 Years a Slave Reviews

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September 6, 2017
Ambitious, honest and horrifying all at once, 12 Years a Slave may not be the easiest film to watch more than once, but it will stay with you forever once you see it.
Full Review | Original Score: A
September 6, 2017
Add the visionary direction by Steve McQueen, the British Turner Prize-winning artist turned film-maker (Hunger, Shame) and you have an out-and-out stunner.
August 21, 2017
But the best sequences in 12 Years a Slave are not history lessons. They are, instead, visually ambiguous and open-ended, presumably owing something to McQueen's art-school background in Britain. . .
February 26, 2017
Ejiofor's performance is typically unshowy yet subtle, conveying a dignity and humanity that the film needs in the face of such unfathomable injustice.
February 26, 2017
It is this film's unfortunate paradox that a story with so much at stake, rendered in what could only be good faith, should translate to so little.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
February 26, 2017
McQueen has not only created his finest work to date, but also a potential modern masterpiece.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
February 26, 2017
12 Years a Slave is a film of searing sincerity and insight, whose central characters are drawn with real complexity. McQueen's third film doesn't just slide slavery under the microscope, it holds it there.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
February 26, 2017
Pitiless, heartless and exceptionally intense, 12 Years a Slave is definitely not for the faint-hearted.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
February 26, 2017
The end result has momentum and meaning, and slides in amidst McQueen's excellent efforts; the only thing missing, particularly from a director known for his primal jolts and punishing journeys, is the visceral reaction.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
February 26, 2017
A significant, necessary piece of work, one that stays with you long after you rise out of your theater seat.
February 26, 2017
12 Years A Slave is essential viewing.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
February 26, 2017
A cathartic experience of sorts, 12 Years A Slave achieves something few other films do. It makes you uncomfortable.
February 24, 2017
Through the amazing, appalling story of Solomon Northup, 12 Years a Slave recreates how painfully wicked our country once was.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
July 14, 2016
12 Years a Slave is more of an important film than a great one.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
June 18, 2016
Movies can do a great many things - they can make us laugh, or incite our heroism, or frighten us, or make us cry. '12 Years a Slave' makes us feel, deeply and urgently.
June 13, 2016
There's real rage in this film, the type that can never be assuaged by time or blunted by forgiveness.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
June 7, 2016
See this film. Pay homage to the healing truth. A landmark film; would that it could reduce the lag time between genocides and our real-time grasp of their horrifying reality.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
April 8, 2016
The end result, while uneven, is appropriately stark, mournful, and gripping, making a deep impression on the landscape of American history on film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
March 11, 2016
12 Years a Slave? It feels much longer.
February 24, 2016
It's a difficult watch, but I heartily recommend you go see 12 Years a Slave, one of the best and most important films you'll see all year.
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