Beasts of No Nation Reviews

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July 16, 2019
Beasts is a harrowing experience, but a powerful one. It might read as derivative to a cynic, but there's something palpable at the film's core that can't be denied.
April 23, 2019
The cast's intense young actors are to be applauded, as is the film's stance as a thought-provoking (and crushing) piece of cinema - but twenty minutes fewer would alleviate violence fatigue.
April 10, 2019
Violent, but not without reason, Fukunaga brings out the best of his actors, his story, and his resources for a movie that will sit heavily in your heart and thoughts long after the credits roll.
April 8, 2019
Fukunaga and his actors -- especially the two leads -- have managed to create a riveting drama which is suitably appalling.
February 27, 2019
It's a one-hundred-percent humanistic, visceral story that transcends any issue or conflict you could read about in the news.
February 2, 2019
Beasts Of No Nation is a masterful film; assured, confident, artful.
December 14, 2018
BEASTS OF NO NATION brings the tension, along with the tears through the crippling fear that encompasses the landscape...
September 25, 2018
Needless to say, but Alba is so damn amazing. For the most part, he was convincing, he was totally committed to that role.
August 27, 2018
This is a powerhouse of a film about a subject matter most people might not even realize exists to the extent that it does. It's assured and confident with a deeply sympathetic center that carries you to the end.
June 13, 2018
A tough, but rewarding watch. As this is Netflix's first charge into feature films, they have set a pretty high bar for themselves.
December 4, 2017
Beasts of No Nation is that rare monster of a film that is incredibly difficult to watch, yet impossible to look away from
October 14, 2017
Beasts as a film is worthy of its terrific lead performances. In case there was any doubt, Fukunaga is a MAJOR talent, and ought to be writing his own ticket from here on out.
October 10, 2017
Beasts of No Nation holds sway with cogent, putrid effect, at once terrifying and sickly seductive.
September 21, 2017
[Beasts] is a mesmerizingly grim adaptation of Uzodinma Iweala's novel.
August 16, 2017
[Idris] Elba, is a revelation. Few actors have the kind of personal power that can make evil seem, at first, so attractive but then, finally, merely pathetic.
July 28, 2017
A gifted cinematographer, screenwriter, and director, Fukunaga is Hollywood's latest triple threat -- that rare creature who can ground out his own visions holistically.
January 1, 2017
The film is very well shot in tough circumstances and has a central performance from Idris Elba that can only be described as mind-boggling. Abraham Attah as the boy is pretty good too.
December 7, 2016
Beasts of No Nation wants desperately to be progressive and challenge the cinematic landscape, but it suffers from Cary Fukunaga's stylistic and creative implosion.
August 4, 2016
Fukunaga's visual knack for wading into dark, perilous atmospheres to capture the trauma that haunts his characters comes to full fruition in Beasts of No Nation.
May 24, 2016
Fukunaga packs the scenes with a documentary-like detail.
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