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Fences Reviews

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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 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.
December 4, 2017
Makes sure to remind us that we are all human and make mistakes, all of which usually come at the expense of our own personal failures
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 2, 2017
Viola Davis sets her own sky-high bar higher than ever. She has several of the film's most powerful monologues, and her emotions are so raw and so naked that they are utterly unforgettable.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
November 19, 2017
Fences is one of the most prescient movies out now.
November 19, 2017
Based on the Tony-winning Broadway play of the same name, Fences is just as powerful on the big screen.
November 12, 2017
August Wilson's shattering Broadway drama gets a soulful interpretation.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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
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