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.
July 20, 2012
A beautiful, strange tone poem about childhood and innocence.
July 19, 2012
The atmosphere Zeitlin develops here is moist with promise and danger, and he moves back and forth between outright fable and pungent reality with an astounding sureness of vision for a first-time director.
July 19, 2012
"Beasts of the Southern Wild" is a film to get lost in.
July 13, 2012
Beasts is film as natural mystery museum.
July 13, 2012
Beasts of the Southern Wild marks one of the most auspicious American directorial debuts in years.
July 12, 2012
"Beasts of the Southern Wild" stays with you long after you've watched it, like a vaguely troubling but beautiful dream.
July 12, 2012
Beasts of the Southern Wild is like outsider art: patched together with found materials, conjured up by untrained artists (the actors), and evocative of a truly American attitude of eccentricity, boldness, transcendence.
July 12, 2012
It's unlike any film you've seen.
July 12, 2012
It's as if you're looking out at new land you've never seen before, or an old one you haven't really paid attention to.
July 6, 2012
A film that plays less like a grounded, human-scaled story than a dilettantish piece of cultural tourism.
July 5, 2012
Its fertility and its terror stem from the same truth: To the young mind, there is no sealed barrier cleaving reality from fantasy. Not yet. The wall hasn't been built.
July 5, 2012
Here is why some of us love the movies: They let you see with brand new eyes.
July 5, 2012
The filmmaker comes from a perspective of great empathy and considerable skill. But he's a pile driver as a dramatist.
July 5, 2012
This film is a remarkable creation, imagining a self-reliant community without the safety nets of the industrialized world.
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