Reviews

May 3, 2016
It wants to immerse itself entirely in Agu's experience, yet the filmmaker can't resist standing aloft in scenes that underscore the soldiers' ages and their actions, and pointing out easy ironies.
Nov 10, 2015
Fukunaga gives the film a visual grandeur that makes it feel like it's taking place after the world has ended, and all that's left for Agu is this morass of endless, uncaring violence.
Oct 16, 2015
Fukunaga's hurtling camera and taut cutting keep Beasts of No Nation only just this side of hallucinatory, and Elba is the kind of titanic actor to kick it to a near-mythic level.
Oct 16, 2015
Under Fukunaga's expert guidance the camerawork nearly becomes a third character alongside the real find in the film, newcomer Abraham Attah as Agu.
Oct 16, 2015
It's a powerful tale of lost innocence, albeit sometimes heavy-handed in its depiction of the plight of African child soldiers.
Oct 16, 2015
Attah is an industrious little actor, but his fall from innocence is not delineated with the same force as the carnage.
Oct 16, 2015
Idris Elba gives a powerhouse performance as the warlord of a rebel African army that trains children as soldiers. The Oscar for Best Supporting Actor should have his name on it.
Oct 16, 2015
This dramatization will twists your insides, no doubt about it.
Oct 16, 2015
Beasts tells a broadly traumatic story and tells it well, but lacks the kinds of specifics that could make it a truly memorable film.
Oct 16, 2015
Netflix made a movie that will probably not play very well on Netflix.
Oct 16, 2015
The ugly world portrayed here isn't for all appetites, but it is depicted with a gripping authenticity.
Oct 15, 2015
A consuming, harrowing adventure story that holds onto hope in spite of horror.
Oct 15, 2015
It poses some big questions and does so in a way that's most compelling.
Oct 15, 2015
Your job is just to watch it, as hard and necessary as that may be.
Oct 15, 2015
The country goes unnamed, the warring factions aren't always clear, but the nightmarish exploitation of children is made specific in the most vivid, visceral ways.
Oct 15, 2015
This is a harrowing film to watch. In spite of the vibrant jungle greens and the searing sun, it's as bleak a vision of modern warfare as has ever been put on screen.
Oct 15, 2015
Idris Elba gives an intense performance as the boy's commanding officer and eventual father figure; his character comes across as monstrous at first but seems increasingly vulnerable as the story develops.
Oct 15, 2015
Fukunaga's film is thus mired in a hazy, nightmarish fugue of violence and degradation, the director presenting a landscape of hellish depravity and amorality through the eyes of one young boy unwittingly swept up in his nation's insanity.
Oct 15, 2015
If anything, Beasts of No Nation's horrors are overwhelming, and you may begin to feel like you've been in the jungle longer than Col. Kurtz.
Oct 15, 2015
Crippling despair and the most fragile tendrils of hope battle for the human psyche in "Beasts of No Nation," writer- director Cary Joji Fukunaga's grim, beautiful and achingly sad portrait of man's inhumanity to man.