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March 22, 2017
The performances by each of its six main characters... combined with Washington's gripping direction (inciting a mix of terror, madness, and pity), FENCES is simply extraordinary. It is not to be missed.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
March 16, 2017
It's Washington's third directorial effort and, as in his previous films, the camera serves the actors. He remains true to the play...
March 16, 2017
the power of the story lies not in its tragedy, but in how it finds the good in the bad, the seed of hope in the moments of despair, the strength of character in those most deeply and fundamentally flawed
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 15, 2017
As with many such family dramas, Davis' Rose is the foundation - and the scene in which she expresses betrayal may well be the movie's best. The rest of the cast, including Washington himself, is very nearly her equal.
March 9, 2017
All that being said, Washington and Viola Davis - reprising their 2010 Broadway roles - are so damn good and the supporting cast is so solid, Fences is worth seeing for the acting alone.
March 3, 2017
The bare-bones aesthetic means the film functions as a showcase for its cast, with Washington and Davis outsizing their environs with vivid grandiosity.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
March 2, 2017
Fences abandons itself too much to reproduce its texts with grandiloquence but sacrifices much of the emotion and dramatic depth in the way. [Full review in Spanish]
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
February 24, 2017
A film which tone fails to prepare the viewer for a final camera movement that should rise to the transcendent, not the kitsch. [Full review in Spanish]
February 23, 2017
A gritty drama about frustration and racial determinism in which Washington stands as the overall responsibility. [Full review in Spanish]
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
February 23, 2017
Above all else, this is an actor's showcase.
February 22, 2017
A film that emphasizes the work of its two protagonists, especially Denzel Washington's performance. [Full review in Spanish]
February 22, 2017
Fences is a poignant domestic drama that takes its time and seldom cuts corners, the dialogue sprawling and spiking in a way that seems much better suited to the stage than what we are used to seeing on the snackable big screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
February 21, 2017
The film is Denzel Washington's showpiece and for a good while it is hard not to be swept up in his striking commitment to Troy's erratic and hateful mind.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
February 21, 2017
A simple synopsis film (about the life of an African-American family in the late 50's), but full of contradictory and complex characters, with nuances that speak of a time that goes and another that comes. [Full review in Spanish]
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
February 21, 2017
A film whose tone ends up being theatrical, in the most verbose, and less cinematographic, sense of the word. [Full review in Spanish]
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
February 21, 2017
This is clearly an impressive piece of work, but it borders on self-indulgence and its appeal is not that broad.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
February 17, 2017
All one can do in my position is to reiterate just how powerful a piece of cinema this truly is.
February 17, 2017
Denzel swells with dangerous charisma. Viola works high emotion from every one of her many lines. They are so good they almost convince us we're watching a movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
February 16, 2017
There's a universality to the Maxson's story that is sure to resonate with audiences everywhere and I found myself moved to tears more than once.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
February 16, 2017
As a result some of the themes of Wilson's text and its baseball metaphors do not quite hit a home run. Still, it is essential viewing because the acting hits it out of the park.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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