The Fits Reviews

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February 23, 2017
Holmer draws confident, luminous performances from the cast that rise to the occasion but never seem over-coached or phony.
February 23, 2017
The storytelling is elegantly economical, characterised by a looseness and a spontaneity that's rooted in authenticity.
February 20, 2017
Hard to pin down, but guaranteed to leave a mark.
December 29, 2016
What the movie lacks in narrative it makes up for in mood and invention.
September 9, 2016
Using a lot of real-life West End of Cincinnati dancers and athletes in the cast lends the film an authentic feel without ever feeling amateurish, and the specificity of Toni's story resonates outward.
July 28, 2016
[Holmer] and cinematographer Paul Yee infuse the community center, in and around which the entire film takes place, with elements of magical realism to accentuate the protagonist's passage from childhood into adolescence.
July 21, 2016
The movie is a nearly perfect thing, made with such assurance that every shot holds weight and widens your heart.
July 8, 2016
It's a curious world that Toni is entering, and Hightower's quiet watchfulness takes it all in.
June 24, 2016
Like its lead Royalty Hightower, whose performance is just as spectacular as her name, The Fits is impossible to look away from. It's gorgeous, poetic, and opaque, and I've never seen any other movie like it.
June 23, 2016
"The Fits" and its electrifying young star give getting in formation renewed meaning, with inspiring, self-assured verve.
June 23, 2016
You honestly don't know what to expect, and when the film is done, you're not exactly sure what has happened.
June 15, 2016
Though the narrative is threadbare, the concept of the story - girls at the rec center are inexplicably suffering from strange seizures - keeps us engaged.
June 15, 2016
Watching the girls defy gravity as they whirl into scary, seductive, hallucinatory patterns, you realize The Fits is more than a transporting film experience. It's cinema poetry in motion.
June 9, 2016
"The Fits" pulls you in and won't let go.
Top Critic
June 6, 2016
The Fits is a movie that, if examined scene by scene and frame by frame, confirms its own uniqueness the way a conservationist might identify a member of an endangered species.
June 3, 2016
A confident blend of performance, kineticism, and tone, it has a pulse all its own, born of passion and curiosity, and a healthy dose of psychological mystery to boot.
June 3, 2016
"The Fits" is the kind of film that asks more questions than it answers. The questions have echoing resonance.
June 2, 2016
A singular first feature from the young director Anna Rose Holmer, who's made a movie that can feel like a memory.
June 2, 2016
All ups with no downs, it's a motion picture in the truest sense of the term. I've never seen anything quite like it and I loved every one of its 72 minutes.
June 2, 2016
The Fits riffs on the power and mystery of adolescent beauty, and on the joy of what it means to move.
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