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

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Successful author Veronica Henley is finishing a book tour before she returns home to her husband and daughter. But a shocking turn of events is about to upend Veronica's existence, plunging her into a horrifying reality that forces her to confront her past, present and future -- before it's too late.

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  • Antebellum sprinkles its under-considered plot with elements that recur but are never explained... Meanwhile, the more difficult questions behind Antebellum's world-building choices go unaddressed.

    January 20, 2021 | Full Review…
  • In the end, "Antebellum" will inspire conversation, just probably not the one the filmmakers anticipated.

    October 30, 2020 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • At its heart, and at its best, Antebellum is a grand play on what we know people really mean when they shout to "Make America Great Again."

    October 23, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • The style of the direction is so lurid and the performances are so florid that they become ends in themselves and never mind the message no matter how timely it is in the current climate.

    September 30, 2020 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…
  • Worst of all, that final reveal simply doesn't work. It's a grand, if blindingly obvious, political statement that screams, "We care!" without any weight.

    September 25, 2020 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • 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…

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  • Oct 16, 2020
    "Antebellum" is a tough movie to watch AND review. It's depiction of slavery is brutal, but the twist that brings it into genre territory is badly timed and ultimately disappointing.
    Mark B Super Reviewer

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