Guava Island Reviews

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September 10, 2019
Glover and Murai assemble a magnetic cast who are, quite simply, a joy to watch.
July 10, 2019
The cartoon sections of Guava Island are dazzlingly colourful. Glover's voice shines. And Rihanna turns what could have felt like a bit-part perfume ad acting role into a showcase for her natural, sparkling charisma.
June 7, 2019
Guava Island in all, is a brilliant idea with decent execution, but there is no denying that this could have been better.
May 23, 2019
Donald Glover and Rihanna bring us a dark, disturbing Caribbean fairytale that sits somewhere between musical feature film and long-form music video.
April 29, 2019
Visually it has interesting moments. [Full review in Spanish]
April 29, 2019
Odd, and at times feels like a goof. But it encapsulates the filmmaking style of Glover, Murai and Co., and I was entertained throughout (Philadelphia Weekly)
April 22, 2019
It never fully works as a film that believes art can topple tyranny, but is nevertheless charming, musically festive and visually soothing.
April 19, 2019
A vibrating interpretation that celebrates class consciousness. [Full Review in Spanish]
April 17, 2019
The film is so breezy that resistance against its musical form will prove futile, though Glover doesn't leave much room for anyone else to shine.
April 17, 2019
Unexpectedly but appropriately, Guava Island is a companion piece to Jordan Peele's recent horror picture, Us - dense with symbolism and metaphor.
April 16, 2019
Glover's short film mixes music, mild violence.
April 16, 2019
Its tight runtime and straightforward message, mixed with infectious music, makes the film an enjoyable weekend-morning stream.
April 15, 2019
Guava Island is a breezy fable with insurgent aspirations that are better off not being fully realized; likewise, for the discerning Amazon Prime subscriber, it gives you what you want, which is to be left wanting more.
April 15, 2019
The film uses vibrant scenery and art to tell an anti-capitalist fable that condemns systemic greed, while celebrating the resilience and creativity of working people.
April 15, 2019
As the closing chapter of his rap career under this particular alias, it's must-watch for Childish Gambino fans.
April 15, 2019
Its message is noble, its vistas handsome and vibrant. But the film doesn't quite meet the exceptionally high bar Glover has set for himself.
April 15, 2019
Guava Island builds a land of promise and terror, while being fuelled by Glover's enigmatically militant soundtracking.
April 14, 2019
As a film it is slight, but not unsatisfying, instead existing as a thoughtful, dreamy tribute to art, love and people power.
April 14, 2019
The Glover brothers and Murai have, as ever, no shortage of big questions and ideas to build their stories around...
April 14, 2019
It has a mark of gratuity to it that feels somewhat unearned. But nor is it disposable, for the craft is still gorgeously rendered.
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