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.
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...
September 12, 2019
If you think Washington is impressive, behold Davis.
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.
November 5, 2018
As purely a thespian venture, the Denzel Washington starring and directed Fences is an applaudable homer.
November 3, 2018
Fences ultimately rests on the shoulders of Washington and Davis, who are at the top of their game.
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.
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.
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