Antebellum

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Antebellum fails to connect its images with any meaning, making for a largely unpleasant experience lacking any substantial scares.

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Successful author Veronica Henley finds herself trapped in a horrifying reality that forces her to confront the past, present and future -- before it's too late.

Cast

Janelle Monáe
as Veronica Henley
Eric Lange
as Him/Senator Mathers
Jena Malone
as Elizabeth
Jack Huston
as Captain Jasper
Robert Aramayo
as Daniel/Corporal #2
Tongayi Chirisa
as Eli/Tarasai
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Critic Reviews for Antebellum

All Critics (129) | Top Critics (24) | Fresh (34) | Rotten (95)

  • With luck, Monáe will be cast in more roles as smart as she is. This one is merely clever - a grimly "provocative" entertainment whose greater meanings are gone with the wind.

    September 21, 2020 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

    Ty Burr

    Boston Globe
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  • It loads up on visceral scares and disturbing imagery in service of a shallow film that feels like a gory theme-park ride showcasing the horrors of slavery.

    September 19, 2020 | Full Review…
  • Even if we didn't live in a country where a shockingly large fraction of people think Confederate monuments are A-O.K., Gerard Bush and Christopher Renz's Antebellum would resonate like the boom of a Union Army cannon.

    September 19, 2020 | Full Review…
  • A well-made drama on slavery's horrors builds to an exasperating ending...After all the sadistic violence, the big twist is a big bust.

    September 18, 2020 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • The film's final images raise more questions than answers, and what could have been a powerful and timely look at race, history and the still-lingering atrocities of the past instead becomes a shoulder shrug.

    September 18, 2020 | Rating: C- | Full Review…
  • Despite some issues, this Janelle Monáe film is a breathless watch.

    September 17, 2020 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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