Reviews

Aug 26, 2021
Denzel Washington and Viola Davis embody their characters exquisitely in the play-turned movie
Aug 17, 2021
Denzel Washington and Viola Davis are nothing short of remarkable.
Apr 23, 2021
A tough stage adaptation which soars upon Denzel Washington and Viola Davis' performances.
Feb 7, 2021
Fences is about as good as it gets though, with two of the best acting performances of the year, and a lot of material to chew on long after the final scene.
Feb 3, 2021
As much of a pleasure as it is to watch Washington, Davis and Henderson interact, the film loses steam as it enters the final third.
Jan 4, 2021
Fences not only puts their talents on display, it shows us what the art of acting can really do.
Sep 7, 2020
Fences is exactly what it needs to be, an intimate and frequently jarringly uncomfortable drama.
Jul 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.
Jul 11, 2020
The performances in Fences are so emotionally raw that we walk out feeling a sense of exhaustion.
Jul 2, 2020
A combination of poignant material and two blistering performances.
Apr 30, 2020
While Fences is essentially a series of conversations, there's movement, drama, character development and tension at every turn.
Apr 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.
Mar 31, 2020
Davis went big...debuting film actor Jovan Adepo shines...
Sep 12, 2019
If you think Washington is impressive, behold Davis.
Aug 14, 2019
Sure it's a filmed play, but it's one hell of a play.
Aug 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.
Jul 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.
Jul 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.
Mar 7, 2019
When the actors click, Fences sings, but too often this adaptation feels hamstrung by its commitment to its stage origins.