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Beasts of the Southern Wild Reviews

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August 24, 2012
By the time a herd of Godzilla-sized hogs - the Aurochs - arrive on the scene, it might as well be a Cajun-styled Cloverfield.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Vincent Mancini
December 3, 2012
When you live in the city and you buy your meat wrapped in cellophane, it's a pleasant fantasy to believe that people who sleep in the dirt and gut their dinners are possessed of a spiritual richness that you've always felt you're somehow lacking.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
David Sexton
London Evening Standard
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
July 19, 2012
All of the unique elements here never add up to a cohesive or satisfying whole.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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James Berardinelli
June 26, 2012
The movie comes across as a collection of competing themes and ideas that collide more often than complement one another and never fully gel.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
July 5, 2012
The filmmaker comes from a perspective of great empathy and considerable skill. But he's a pile driver as a dramatist.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Alex Zane
The Sun (UK)
October 19, 2012
It's too sentimental about the unsentimental.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Fernando F. Croce
September 4, 2012
Post-Katrina wreckage as libertarian playground
Tony Macklin
July 11, 2012
The contemporary world is smitten with "Reality Shows." Beasts of the Southern Wild should fit right in. It could be called "Louisiana Shore." It has a crowd of noisy people, who swill beer and nonsense.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.0/5
Austin Kennedy
Sin Magazine
July 12, 2012
The acting is brilliant and the story is truly original (though I think some of the fantasy elements don't quite gel in the end), but the shaky cam technique needs to be put out of its misery.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
June 28, 2012
The images recall Terrence Malick, but the film fills "atmosphere" into dry narrative holes where a story should reside.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Richard Brody
New Yorker
July 1, 2012
[Zeitlin's] as enraptured by his own imagery as by the poetry of the settings but never finds a distinctive form for his ambitious vision.
Cole Smithey
November 20, 2012
"Beasts of the Southern Wild" is one of the worst films to come out of 2012.
Full Review | Original Score: F
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
July 6, 2012
Only the movie's last stretch manages to get to the place the movie seems to want to go: a weird balance between imagination and reality.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
October 18, 2012
Like a series of dippy postcards sent by an enraptured child from a disaster zone.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
June 27, 2012
The film doesn't self-righteously revile these characters, which is fine. But perhaps worse, it loftily treats them like something out of Rousseau...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Lori Hoffman
Atlantic City Weekly
August 1, 2012
A lot of interesting ideas that were never successfully brought together in a cohesive whole. 

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Dana Stevens
June 28, 2012
Zeitlin's adoring gaze on the Bathtubbers' chaotic-yet-joyous way of life smacks of anthropological voyeurism: Rousseau's "noble savage" nonsense all over again, but with crawdads and zydeco.
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Melissa Anderson
Village Voice
June 26, 2012
In trying through incessant narration to make a six-year-old a prolix sage, Zeitlin can't avoid falling into sticky sentimentality.
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
June 26, 2012
Their surroundings-decimated cars converted into boats, kindly neighbors, a complete lack of pop detritus (save a Bulls jersey)-shriek of Screenwriterly Poetic Conceit.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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