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12 Years a Slave Reviews

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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
February 1, 2018
[12 Years a slave] may be the toughest movie of the year to watch, no matter your ethnicity. The ending is a bittersweet reminder that freedom will never be able to return to Solomon the precious years lost with his family.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
February 1, 2018
12 Years is beautifully filmed, with a keen eye toward the conflation of beauty and horror.
January 26, 2018
Capturing the harsh realities of the era, the film is extremely powerful and should be considered essential viewing for everyone.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
November 16, 2017
This is not a movie to be enjoyed but endured. But there lies its disturbing genius.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 20, 2017
Short of actual time travel, 12 Years a Slave is, to date, our best opportunity to bear witness to our inescapable history.
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
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.
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