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Fences Reviews

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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.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
December 7, 2018
Fences is granular, depicting the vicious power that patriarchs can wield as they hurt the women and children in their lives.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.17/5
December 6, 2018
For all its impressive dialogue and exemplary performances, Fences left me...well...on the fence.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
November 5, 2018
As purely a thespian venture, the Denzel Washington starring and directed Fences is an applaudable homer.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
November 3, 2018
Fences ultimately rests on the shoulders of Washington and Davis, who are at the top of their game.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
November 1, 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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
October 31, 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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
August 21, 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.
August 3, 2018
In Rose [Viola Davis], Fences reveals so beautifully and effectively the quiet power of cinema.
May 8, 2018
Everyone delivers the letter above A game. Every micro expression feels thought out, and as big of a presence Washington has, he still has to contend with the scene stealing antics of Viola Davis, who more than gives him a run for his money.
May 1, 2018
[Washington's] performance and direction are generous and sensitive.
February 21, 2018
On a stage, dialogue as symbol can work. Movies require something more natural for audiences to lose themselves in -- something Fences doesn't manage.
January 25, 2018
Denzel Washington and Viola Davis give incredible performances, which is reason enough to forgive the film's cinematic shortcomings.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
December 27, 2017
... Washington and Davis tear into their roles with what might be career-best and definitely Oscar-worthy performances.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
December 26, 2017
It does have some wonderful and touching moments, but as a whole, Fences is a couple of palings short.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
December 13, 2017
Wilson's powerful story, which encompasses not just love, sex, race, oedipal clashes, betrayal and death, but even music and sport, has the scope of a Great American Novel. Washington and company do it justice.
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