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Fences (2016)

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Critic Consensus: From its reunited Broadway stars to its screenplay, the solidly crafted Fences finds its Pulitzer-winning source material fundamentally unchanged -- and still just as powerful.

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Denzel Washington directed and stars in this adaptation of August Wilson's Pulitzer Prize-winning play, which centers on a black garbage collector named Troy Maxson in 1950s Pittsburgh. Bitter that baseball's color barrier was only broken after his own heyday in the Negro Leagues, Maxson is prone to taking out his frustrations on his loved ones. Both Washington and co-star Viola Davis won Tonys for their performances in the 2010 revival of the play. Stephen Henderson, Jovan Adepo, Russell Hornsby, and Mykelti Williamson round out the supporting cast.

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Cast

Christopher Mele
as Deputy Commissioner
Lesley Boone
as Evangelist Preacher
Jason Silvis
as Garbage Truck Driver
Theresa Cook
as Parade Participant
Dontez James
as Bike Rider
Malik Abdul Khaaliq
as Front Yard Neighbor
Tra'Waan Coles
as Towns person
Chris McCail
as Neighbor / Soldier
Kameron Peters
as Soldier / Towns Person
Joshua Tronoski
as Angelo the Italian Server
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Critic Reviews for Fences

All Critics (213) | Top Critics (47)

Washington is very good, but it's Davis - hurt, proud, determined - who's the star of this show.

February 6, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Washington has pledged to bring all of plays in the cycle to the screen. The good news is he started with a home run.

December 29, 2016 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

Yes, Fences suffers somewhat from the bare-bones transferal of the "action" from stage to screen but the material is so compelling that viewers can easily lose sight of the movie's "play nature."

December 25, 2016 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

The two lead performances are stunningly complex and deeply human achievements from two of the finest actors working today.

December 25, 2016 | Rating: 3/4

It's not cinematic enough to make you forget you're watching something conceived for another, more spatially constricted medium, but it's too cinematic to capture the intensity, the concentration, of a great theatrical event.

December 24, 2016 | Full Review…

It's a privilege to watch Washington and Davis lay it all on the line.

December 23, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Fences

½

What really elevates Fences is the acting. This is a richly written ensemble pieces that heavily relies on powerful performances. Denzel and Viola are reprising their roles from the 2010 Broadway revival. [Incidentally, the original 1987 cast featured James Earl Jones and Mary Alice in those parts.] Needless to say, Washington and Davis know their characters inside and out. Denzel is extremely good and Viola is extraordinary. A woman so fully formed that I was even more drawn to trying to understand this individual. She fascinated me. It may be Troy's story in that every part exists to reflect his personality. However, I found myself sympathizing with her plight a lot more than her husband's. She seizes attention whenever she is on screen. The studio may have marketed her achievement as a supporting role to secure an Oscar nomination (and possible win), but she is no doubt equally important in this context. It's her authentic portrayal, as well as the subdued work of Stephen McKinley Henderson as Troy's friend Jim, that I will remember long after having seen the film. fastfilmreviews.com

Mark Hobin
Mark Hobin

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½

Like a long filmed play, Fences at least relies on some outstanding performances that compensate for the film's lack of visual inventiveness. Full review on filmotrope. com

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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Had I seen the stage version I may have enjoyed this script. However, it's move to the big screen is one which didn't work for me. Instead of enjoying this masterpiece, you're trying to climb the 'Fences' to escape it's clutches.

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