Beasts of the Southern Wild Reviews

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March 31, 2020
The brilliant, original four-hankie dystopian family drama from New Orleans newcomer Benh Zeitlin far surpassed any expectations for a scruffy $1.5 million effort from an unknown film collective...
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.
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
Like a series of dippy postcards sent by an enraptured child from a disaster zone.
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 18, 2012
Few American debuts in recent years have announced a talent as singular as that of Behn Zeitlin, the blazingly gifted director and co-writer of Beasts of the Southern Wild.
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.
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