Fences Reviews

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September 7, 2020
Fences is exactly what it needs to be, an intimate and frequently jarringly uncomfortable drama.
July 17, 2020
That's the beauty about Fences. It encapsulates a plethora of challenging subjects in a tightly constructed film. Everyone has a balanced viewpoint in their decisions and the film (very much like the play itself) doesn't try to judge.
July 11, 2020
The performances in Fences are so emotionally raw that we walk out feeling a sense of exhaustion.
July 2, 2020
A combination of poignant material and two blistering performances.
June 27, 2020
I don't think it's that memorable, despite having good performances and some significant scenes. [Full review in Spanish]
April 30, 2020
While Fences is essentially a series of conversations, there's movement, drama, character development and tension at every turn.
April 15, 2020
This Oscar-nominated film about a black working class family in the 50s is uneven in its delivery, but features powerful performances by Viola Davis and Denzel Washington.
March 31, 2020
Davis went big...debuting film actor Jovan Adepo shines...
February 13, 2020
For all the talent on display in writing and acting, FENCES never quite transcends its source: handicapped by its reluctance to stray too far from its reassuringly successful story and cast. FENCES finds itself sitting on one on of its own making.
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.
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