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Beasts of the Southern Wild Reviews

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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.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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.
January 2, 2018
The film aims for something timeless and achieves it.
September 7, 2017
It will not only stir your soul, but also open your mind to the possibility of a real-life Promised Land.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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.
November 14, 2016
It's an amazing vision. A work of art.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
September 20, 2016
Hushpuppy, a six-year-old with no superpowers, no great destiny, not even much by way of contact with the outside world, is a more active female protagonist than 99% of [Hollywood heroines].
July 13, 2015
In a time when the cynicism of the real world often mandates the tone of our films, here is one that acknowledges it all with unwavering joy.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
May 3, 2015
It plays like Days of Heaven by way of The Road Warrior.
September 14, 2014
As Wink, Hushpuppy's father, Dwight Henry is one of the greatest finds in Hollywood in years. Henry shows a depth and range that made actors like Denzel Washington so great.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
June 17, 2013
What is also extraordinary is that almost all the people we see are actors. So this is not a documentary but a moving enactment by people who are themselves moved.
March 21, 2013
A cute, but meandering story of growing up alone and having to fend for oneself even when there's help to be received.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 27, 2013
One of the ten best films of 2012.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
January 23, 2013
A strangely different and slightly magical film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 20, 2013
Prepare to be moved and inspired by this unique masterpiece.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
January 18, 2013
Beasts of the Southern Wild is the reason we go to movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
January 10, 2013
Yearns to find eternal truths under impossible circumstances, and succeeds with flying colors by my watch.
January 8, 2013
In his willingness to ignore convention, Zeitlin does reveal a confidence that few first-time directors display. He's made a film that's the antithesis of Hollywood's summer mind-set.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 8, 2013
Beasts of the Southern Wild is sheer poetry on screen: an explosion of joy in the midst of startling squalor and one of the most visceral, original films to come along in a while.
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