Fences Reviews

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September 12, 2019
If you think Washington is impressive, behold Davis.
August 16, 2019
When the actors shine, the film is next to the flight, but its commitment to its scenic origin creates an authentic narrative fence, a poor understanding of the rhythm. [Full Review in Spanish]
August 14, 2019
Sure it's a filmed play, but it's one hell of a play.
August 7, 2019
Fences doesn't take the opportunity to do anything cinematic with August Wilson's classic source material, however, it does boast career-best performances by Viola Davis and Denzel Washington.
July 24, 2019
This isn't a showy film with a lot of excitement but this is a masterclass in acting from one of the stage's fiercest writers.
July 17, 2019
Above all else, Fences gives us great insight to the push and pull of familial bonds. Thanks to exemplary work by some incredible performers, that exploration of the home feels vital and vivid, never mundane.
May 24, 2019
Fences has sharp dialogue and excellent performances but it's shot like a play not a movie.
March 7, 2019
When the actors click, Fences sings, but too often this adaptation feels hamstrung by its commitment to its stage origins.
December 10, 2018
[Denzel] Washington and[Viola] Davis work in tandem and it's a wonder that any other actors would have room to breathe with those two taking up so much of the emotional space.
December 7, 2018
Fences is granular, depicting the vicious power that patriarchs can wield as they hurt the women and children in their lives.
December 6, 2018
For all its impressive dialogue and exemplary performances, Fences left me...well...on the fence.
November 5, 2018
As purely a thespian venture, the Denzel Washington starring and directed Fences is an applaudable homer.
November 3, 2018
Fences ultimately rests on the shoulders of Washington and Davis, who are at the top of their game.
November 2, 2018
Most of the performances are good and August Wilson's screenplay shines at times. But the flat, blatant direction, the unsubtle storytelling and Mykelti Williamson's performance just inspired me to want to build a fence around it.
November 1, 2018
This is a movie featuring capital A acting with lengthy, wordy impassioned monologues and impressive performances but never once does Fences feel the least bit cinematic.
October 19, 2018
Fences is a powerful piece of work, and Washington channels that power mostly effectively. Viewers may (or may not) have questions about some of the interpretation, but we come out moved all the same.
August 30, 2018
Simple yet passionate adaptation of August Wilson's masterpiece that is respectful to its source material providing incredible performances and great dialogue throughout.
August 22, 2018
Often overpowered by Washington's forceful turn, Fences struggles with a bad case of thematic redundancy... The film also fails to define a cinematic rhythm separate from Wilson's doozy of a script.
August 20, 2018
Wilson's dialogue is superlative -- soulful, authentic and timely and almost musical, sharing a cadence that's part of most urban cities. Under Washington's direction and Christensen's cinematography, there is no wasted moment, no empty frame.
August 15, 2018
Directed by Denzel Washington, who also appears in the movie as its lead, Fences offers a startlingly detailed look into the Black relationship - and touches upon the destructive nature of Black masculinity, particularly when it involves the Black woman.
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