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Fences Reviews

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October 14, 2017
Fences comes to the stage almost entirely intact, including Wilson's beautiful language and scenery-chewing monologues, and as Troy [Denzel] Washington does some of his finest acting work in recent memory.
September 19, 2017
That may be Washington's greatest accomplishment in bringing it to the screen - allowing hope to rise from circumstances that are less than hopeful.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
September 18, 2017
Playwright Wilson wrote the screenplay, and resists the effort to open the play up too much. If it sometimes reminds you of its origins on stage, it's worth remembering that that medium offers dramatics potentials that can't always be found on film.
September 11, 2017
It's a meaty tour-de-force of comic camaraderie, defiance, disillusion, and chutzpah, that [Denzel] Washington delivers con brio-and it's only the first 10 minutes of the movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 5, 2017
Balancing the joys of the script that turned Wilson's play into a multi award-winning juggernaut with a desire to adapt such a play for Hollywood is a fine line, but sadly it is one that Denzel is unable to straddle.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
August 29, 2017
. . .Denzel and Viola embody truly astonishing depictions of this couple, acting at the highest level of perfection even in slight reaction shots or minor movements, and as director Denzel captures these details.
July 12, 2017
A visually monotonous film that, however, ends up mesmerizing thanks to a remarkable cast of actors. [Full review in Spanish]
June 16, 2017
Denzel Washington, well, swings for the fences. And while he doesn't quite hit a home run, he does manage a solid triple. And, almost as importantly, he brilliantly eases himself through the transition from leading man to character actor/star.
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
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