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12 Years a Slave Reviews

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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 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.
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