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.
A cute, but meandering story of growing up alone and having to fend for oneself even when there's help to be received.
| Original Score: 3/4
One of the ten best films of 2012.
| Original Score: A-
A strangely different and slightly magical film.
| Original Score: 4/5
Prepare to be moved and inspired by this unique masterpiece.
| Original Score: 5/5
Beasts of the Southern Wild is the reason we go to movies.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
Yearns to find eternal truths under impossible circumstances, and succeeds with flying colors by my watch.
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.
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.
For all its curiosities and loose ends, Beasts of the Southern Wild casts a formidable spell.
A startling debut feature - this year's "Winter's Bone," but a film all the more magical because we sense that even Zeitlin, as sharp as his eye undoubtably is, will never be able to duplicate it.
| Original Score: 4/4
Without TREMÉ, BEASTS would not have worked for me, and compared to TREMÉ, BEASTS is little more than a slight, forgettable diversion.
| Original Score: B-
Really the lifestyle of these people takes center stage. It's hard not to appreciate their joie de vivre, or the believable performances these non-actors give. They're both "beasts"!
| Original Score: 8/10
The film with the biggest heart of 2012.
| Original Score: B
I doubt anyone is going to watch Beasts of the Southern Wild and understand it immediately... But it's still a fascinating movie.
| Original Score: 3/5
This movie has to be seen to be believed, and to be believed, it simply has to be seen.
Fully formed and beautiful whether you like it or not.
| Original Score: 9/10
The strangest, sweetest coming-of-age flick you'll see all year.
It's a human drama which stays with you for quite some time afterwards.
Beasts is an extraordinary, deeply moving film that's one of the best of 2012. When the end credits roll - just like Hushpuppy - you'll feel like the king of the Bathtub.