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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
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
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.
February 24, 2016
The power of "Slave" is not so much its rote plea to "not forget," but its invitation to understand.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
February 24, 2016
12 Years a Slave has too many unforgettable elements, even in its less effective second half for it not to deliver a visceral impact.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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