Beasts of No Nation Reviews

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.
November 4, 2015
Not going for neither political comentary or a reflective film about a perverse take on family makes this just another bland chapter in cinema history. [Full review in Spanish]
October 21, 2015
It's a viewing experience that audiences absorb but don't feel deeply; the threat of child endangerment generates what passes for empathy.
October 16, 2015
Despite being based on a novel, by Uzodinma Iweala, it plays like it was written by someone who half-remembers something he read in The New Yorker that one time.
October 16, 2015
There is only so much of this we can take in before the movie starts to feel like a repetitive exercise in despair.
October 15, 2015
One could claim that the film is meant to present a perspective desensitized to violence-but then what is the movie sensitive to, aside from tastefully composing widescreen in thirds?
October 15, 2015
Never gets close enough to the situation to make the cliché setup feel specific.
October 14, 2015
Simply a bloody revel in the hideous.
October 12, 2015
We march through pillage and rape, and the Commandant tightens his power through abuse of his youthful charges; meanwhile, the film itself, supped full of horrors, begins to sicken and dwindle.
October 11, 2015
Cary Joji Fukunaga's artistry registers less as psychological imprint than as a measure of his professional bona fides.
September 14, 2015
Fukunaga's film conveys the physical and moral pandemonium of the civil war, but the hard-hitting material is left to wither away.