Fences Reviews

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March 31, 2020
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February 10, 2017
This is a portrait of a doomed marriage that allows its stars to explode.
February 9, 2017
Fences is the most classical piece of drama in the best picture line-up for this year's Oscars, with outstanding performances by Denzel Washington and Viola Davis.
February 9, 2017
Denzel Washington is a class act, and he has given us a classy piece of work.
February 9, 2017
Fences is a filmed play that never seems anything else: a yatter of life of death, directed by Denzel Washington from August Wilson's Pulitzer-winning 1983 play.
February 9, 2017
Washington is customarily magnetic, but this is Davis' film.
February 9, 2017
The great coup Washington delivers, beyond framing his co-star's virtuous anguish so well, is the risky, brilliant, and frequently alienating performance he gives as Troy.
February 8, 2017
This feels more like a record of a stage performance than a film in its own right. That, though, doesn't lessen its impact in the slightest or take away from the searing brilliance of the two leads.
February 6, 2017
Washington is very good, but it's Davis - hurt, proud, determined - who's the star of this show.
December 29, 2016
Washington has pledged to bring all of plays in the cycle to the screen. The good news is he started with a home run.
December 25, 2016
Yes, Fences suffers somewhat from the bare-bones transferal of the "action" from stage to screen but the material is so compelling that viewers can easily lose sight of the movie's "play nature."
December 25, 2016
The two lead performances are stunningly complex and deeply human achievements from two of the finest actors working today.
December 24, 2016
It's not cinematic enough to make you forget you're watching something conceived for another, more spatially constricted medium, but it's too cinematic to capture the intensity, the concentration, of a great theatrical event.
December 23, 2016
It's a privilege to watch Washington and Davis lay it all on the line.
December 23, 2016
Based on the 1983 August Wilson play, Fences is little more than a filmed version of the 2010 Broadway revival. It all but throws up house lights during intermission.
December 23, 2016
Your best bet is to let those mellifluous, multitudinous words bewitch, bother, and beguile you; then maybe you won't notice the stagey presentation, slight story, and occasional emotional overreach.
December 23, 2016
The masterful thing about Denzel Washington's direction here is that he doesn't exactly open up the play. Instead, he opens up the visual frame around the players.
December 23, 2016
Ringing with both ancient wisdom and searing relevance, "Fences" feels as if it's been crafted for the ages, and for this very minute.
December 23, 2016
Although Fences can be charitably viewed as a star vehicle for the actor-director - and he does reach for the rafters in certain parts, so loud and proud is his performance - it is Davis who walks away with the production.
December 23, 2016
"Fences" is an effective drama, but it feels rigid, its stage origins handicapping its storytelling.
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