Beasts of the Southern Wild Reviews
December 1, 2020
Wallis' performance is commendable, showcasing a young actress who convincingly embodies the distraught, innocent, immature, and yet enduring mindset of a child in peril.
September 2, 2020
There are so many scenes in Beasts of the Southern Wild that work magnificently.
June 19, 2020
In Benh Zeitlin's audacious post-Katrina, African American folk story, a female Huck Finn fights to survive the storm with a grouchy, drunken, difficult daddy.
March 31, 2020
The brilliant, original four-hankie dystopian family drama from New Orleans newcomer Benh Zeitlin far surpassed any expectations for a scruffy $1.5 million effort from an unknown film collective...
April 11, 2019
"Southern Wild" is a hypnotic bit of cinematic poetry that is as vivid as its lead character's imagination.
February 27, 2019
Beasts [of the Southern Wild] has the contradictory, inevitable, glorious feel of a myth, a folk tale about a place that never was but is everywhere, in a time that's entirely now and could have been decades ago.
February 5, 2019
Like some wonderful kind of live-action Studio Ghibli effort that has somehow found its way across the Pacific and onto America's ravaged, weather-beaten doorstep.
December 29, 2018
[Beasts of the Southern Wild] brings a way of life into focus, albeit through the repeated use of the shaky cam.
August 7, 2018
The movie gave us something big and real... the sense of forced uplift I got from the swelling music and pushy voice-over actually does reflect how a child thinks and responds to tragedy.
July 3, 2018
This beautiful film, anchored by non-professional actors inside of a wrecked world, is one of the most wrenchingly wonderful fantasies of 2012.
April 30, 2018
The film is such a convincing, fully realized, and overpowering achievement that begrudging its popular and artistic success is feckless.
January 26, 2018
Amongst the giants this year, this film by first-time director Benh Zeitlin can be overlooked. But without it, true fantasy is lost.
January 9, 2018
Beasts of the Southern Wild trades in quasi-folkloric whimsy, fantastical contraptions, and a very slick and deliberate sort of visual roughness.
September 8, 2017
It will not only stir your soul, but also open your mind to the possibility of a real-life Promised Land.
August 21, 2017
In all that profusion there are some few films where the watery element so predominates as to create a kind of pool for the mind: Jean Vigo's L'Atalante was one such, Beasts of the Southern Wild is another.
August 11, 2017
Beasts of the Southern Wild, a deliciously dreamy tale about a fictional Bayou community in the backwaters of Louisiana, does not so much jump off the screen as float effortlessly off it.