Antebellum Reviews

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November 21, 2020
It didn't really pull me in emotionally.
November 21, 2020
Unwieldy enough to highlight its narrative deficiencies and ugly enough to wonder if there's actually any target audience for such an undertaking in the first place.
November 6, 2020
A horror movie that, despite an impressive amount of work by the casting director, succeeds only at disappointing its audience because it's distressingly violent without being scary.
October 30, 2020
In the end, "Antebellum" will inspire conversation, just probably not the one the filmmakers anticipated.
October 28, 2020
It had NO weight to it...
October 28, 2020
Nothing really happens in this movie...and it could have been done so much better...
October 12, 2020
...seeing more Black pain is really something we don't need right now. We already see it on our damn phones every waking moment.
October 7, 2020
I will always appreciate storytellers who take big, wide swings in an effort to deliver an audacious vision, but those swings need to make sense, too. And the story in Antebellum just doesn't gel at all.
October 7, 2020
If there is any redemptive quality in "Antebellum," it's due to Monáe's awe-inspiring skills as an actress, which are on full display as the camera lingers on her endlessly expressive face.
October 7, 2020
Antebellum is as risible as it is obvious exploitation. Its back-and-forth narrative is a Critical Race Theory bonanza, blending contemporary race-and-gender-awareness with disdain for American history.
October 3, 2020
Antebellum, for all it promises in its slick trailers and eye-catching imagery, fails on several levels to ever come full circle in its intent while only worrying about a failed, yet intriguing, twist ending that blindly rushes toward the finish.
October 2, 2020
Antebellum is so aggravatingly disappointing because it misses such a great opportunity to use the horror genre for pointed social commentary...
October 2, 2020
The lack of suspense in that central "twist" is what ultimately destroys our interest in "Antebellum."
October 2, 2020
Antebellum is a gimmick flick, that despite a passionate performance by Monae, misses a real opportunity.
September 30, 2020
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 27, 2020
A provocative but crass slavery drama.
September 27, 2020
A transfixing boondoggle that has treated slavery at a level of tacky exploitation that we haven't seen since the '70s.
September 25, 2020
The film's audacity, to some degree, is admirable, even though it comes up empty.
September 25, 2020
Critics can argue that the gimmick has been done before, but it still could have worked in a new social context if the pacing was right. Can we get a tightened director's cut for Halloween?
September 25, 2020
Unless you're in the mood for overwrought, unpleasant melodrama with a half decent twist but fuck all to say?
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