Antebellum Reviews

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October 30, 2020
In the end, "Antebellum" will inspire conversation, just probably not the one the filmmakers anticipated.
October 23, 2020
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."
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 21, 2020
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 19, 2020
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
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 18, 2020
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
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 17, 2020
Despite some issues, this Janelle Monáe film is a breathless watch.
September 17, 2020
At home, Antebellum is worth seeing, not only because of what it has to say about America's past and present, but as a reminder of the often yawning gap between an intriguing idea and a fully realized film.
September 17, 2020
Poor pacing and a confused screenplay keep this horror-thriller from living up to its potential.
September 17, 2020
While Antebellum is dazzling to the eyes, it also leaves an icky taste in your mouth in its leering, exploitative depiction of violent, slavery movie tropes.
September 17, 2020
"Antebellum's" message that America's racist past is thriving in the present couldn't be more pertinent or urgent, but the execution here is overdone.
September 16, 2020
"Antebellum" presents the lurid spectacle of a woman's humiliation as if it were a fable of empowerment.
September 16, 2020
"Antebellum" looks like it might deliver a timely reckoning with the most pernicious undersides of the American myth. Instead, it offers viewers an intriguing idea that's simultaneously undercooked and awkwardly overstated.
September 16, 2020
There was definitely something here. But none of it made it onto the screen.
September 14, 2020
Don't misunderstand - any film that reminds us that the work for equality is far from done is traveling a worthy path. This one just could have done it better.
September 14, 2020
Antebellum ends up being a noxious tour of historic violence against Black folks in service of a story that has nothing novel to say about the obliterating function of whiteness and anti-Black racism.
September 14, 2020
The movie never loses sight of its twin objectives: maintain suspense and emphasize a message about the enduring, pernicious power of racism.
September 4, 2020
What sounds at first like a fascinating adaptation of Octavia Butler's Kindred instead fumbles the narrative ball and goes ham-handed into a fully predictable ending that (without spoilers) we've all seen before.
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