Beasts of the Southern Wild Reviews

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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.
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.
October 24, 2012
When can we watch it again?
October 19, 2012
It doesn't ultimately make any sense at all and, for me, its charm wasn't enough to sustain the whole ramshackle structure.
October 18, 2012
Benh Zeitlin's debut feature is part film, part hallucination: a ripe and gamey piece of what you might call Apocalyptic Southern Gothic, ambitious and flawed but sprinting with energy.
October 16, 2012
A dreamy but strikingly immediate and frayed-at-the-edges, child's-eye view of life on the margins of America.
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 22, 2019
The movie's mad gusto is truly infectious.
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.
January 3, 2018
The film aims for something timeless and achieves it.
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.
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